Why The American Dream is Our Nightmare

Friday, 12 January 2007

[Picture of a latte]THE American Dream is called ‘Success’ when in fact it is just ‘Excess’. Big cars, big houses, big meals, big salaries, big people, big coffins. It’s all BIG.

We are informed that the Mediterranean peoples are healthy, so let’s compare. The Italians are the slimmest people in Europe… but Europe is getting fatter as the American influence continues.

The rebuilding of Europe post WWII followed The American Dream — and we started building out of town, so we had to drive to get groceries. This led to new motorways. Fewer trips meant bigger car boots, bigger shopping trollies, bigger kitchen pantries, bigger fridges and freezers.[Picture of espresso]

A cup of coffee in southern Europe is tiny in comparison with anything from Starbucks. The American ‘Deep Pan’ Pizza is massive when compared with authentic thin and light Italian original.

[Picture of European dinner plate]The southern Europeans drink red wine, smoke and eat meals of many courses — but everything is small! They do not binge drink, they do not chain smoke, and they are not gluttons. The French are famous for cooking — but notice how a small amount of food is on a big plate. The Italians eat spaghetti, but only a small portion and as a starter course, the ‘primo piatti’.

They eat and drink fresh, local produce. They have traditional ways of storing and preparing food and drink — it is part of their cultural identity. Austrian cakes, Belgian chocolates… small treats in comparison with American portions.

  • It has nothing to do with brands and franchised outlets. It is opposed to standardisation and globalisation; it is local.

Look at any bottle of European wine — the more specific the address on the label, the better (and more expensive) is the wine, from the countryside, the villages to a particular hillside and vineyard, and finally to an actual house. Hand-made is considered better than a brand packaged from the supermarket.

[Picture of Fiat 500]The lessons are clear — make everything smaller! Eat smaller portions, buy smaller amounts of fresh produce that has travelled smaller distances. If you have to drive, then drive a small car a small distance. Take siestas (small naps), refuse to binge, and care more about taste (all meanings).

Wave goodbye to binge working, binge thrills, binge dieting and binge exercising, and embrace a quiet, more even and considered lifestyle — slower (no binge car racing), with lots of strolls, fresh air, and spending time with family and friends, spending time gathering food, making food and eating — and less time “at work”.

Switch off the phone, switch off the TV, get dressed up, and among people — and turn your back on excess and so-called success.

Choose Life: deny the American Dream.

One Response to “Why The American Dream is Our Nightmare”

  1. sushil Says:

    The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

    The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

    Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

    Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
    Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
    Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

    Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

    If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

    Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

    When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

    There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

    People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

    Emotion ends.

    Man becomes machine.

    A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

    A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.





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