the american way of life

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@lucgeta (925)
France
May 12, 2007 11:04am CST
When I was kid I heard a lot about the american way. It was supposed to be a set of principles of liberty and pursuit of happiness. But then it turned out to buying habits or things you own. Yeah, the coke expansion or whatever. The statistic took over the principle. I always admired these ideals of freedom and that you can do things and can make mistakes and keep trying. How about that? Is there an american way of life those days? Please, comment and put your ideas.
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@MrNiceGuy (4148)
• United States
12 May 07
Does commercialism override freedom and pursuit of happiness? Or is it a perfect example of it? The american way of life is instant gratification, capitalism, competition, and business.
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• Austria
12 May 07
Instant gratification and a sense of entitlement to the point of not caring about the planet at all, with the SUVs and fast food and a trash bag a day because some people are to lazy to recycle. Oh no, not you reading this, but I personally know many Americans who do this. Also how can you be free when your fear and war mongering leaders remind you every day that your freedom is in jepardy. The banks own you and you don't even know it yet. It's not what it used to be, that's for sure.
@lucgeta (925)
• France
12 May 07
I agree with both of you. The freedom and pursuit of happiness leads to a society of entrepreneurs - gosh i wish is right - to business, competition and capitalism. But aren't we being too selfish? Using every resource available and walk away like we are not doing nothing wrong. Because we are entitled to it. The gratification is perfect but the instant is placing a toll on the planet.