Analysis Of Lewis Lapham's View On The American Faith In Money

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Lewis Lapham’s view on “the American faith in money” is not correct, and there are only opinions to back up his claims, not real facts. I disagree with his views, and everything he has said is very, very biased opinion and not facts from trusted sources. Lapham does this by stating that Americans are greedy and money is everything in the world to them. He also implies that without money, Americans are hopeless and have lost their happiness. First, continuing on the topic about the American people, Lapham uses Henry Adams quote from his autobiography: “Americans weren’t much good as materialists had they been so deflected by the pursuit of money that they could turn in any other direction.” Adams states Americans want to be remembered for the objects they once owned and not as the person they are. Adams acts like Americans think money is their key to fame. He also thinks Americans do not value money as much as other countries. Speaking on many …show more content…
According to Lapham, America must judge these people as both “good and wise”, and he hints we think this way regardless of the person’s behavior. In Lapham’s thoughts sadness of the loss of money is outrageous, he refers that our “happiness” is merely fictional. In this thought, Lapham implies that Americans live with some kind of synthetic happiness, a façade of some sort, tricking the United States minds by thinking money expose ones happiness. The statement though out “the American faith in money” has not statements by Americans of how they feel about money. It also has not facts proving other counties like Ancient Greek, France, Germany and England see Americans as one minded, self-centered people. Most Americans don’t countervail faiths in family, honor, religion, intellect, and social class with the faiths of money, some may, yet most Americans disregard money for greater

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