Importance Of American Dreams Of Avarice

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Professor Lisa Led-Aguilar
English 124

American Dreams of Avarice

`Often people become mislead by their desire for wealth, enchanted by the idea of the American Dream. Americans often lay morality by the wayside in the pursuit thereof. What is this American Dream, and what is this “money” that rests at its heart. Is it a mere social construct? Based on the amount of “money” one acquire’s, the overall experience of life can be re-rooted, causing many to do the unimaginable (Kasser, 1996). Everyone has an attitude towards money, for some money is a central issue, for others money is just a tool, yet some use money to control things and people. Although money plays an significantly important role in everyday life, it derails the values of
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Money for a poor person is everything, it becomes very important for him to earn so that he can fulfill his basic needs. However, recently everyone has become consumption oriented. This orientation was brought on by middle class values learned through American mainstream, thus leading people to buy things that they have little need for. The critical economic division of the middle class and its new consumerism labeled as “luxury fever” has led to a great shift in financial attitude. In order for middle class families to finance their consumption increase savings are being reduced, and debt increases perpetually. It has become very difficult for people today to recognize money and its pungent nature because in modern society we have created a sharp distinction between the agnostic and the sacred. The attitude towards money is now viewed as the worldly medium in which one transacts earthly affairs in the physical world, completely separate from ones non-rational relationship with the sacred domain (Kasser & Ryan, 1994). Through the “Greening of America” money has been made imperative to ones …show more content…
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