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food-for-thoughtRethinking the American Dream

An in depth look at the history and the many transitions the “american dream” has taken since the beginning of the 20th century. It’s interesting to read that compared to today’s standards, the american dream was at first a very modest and humble goal. It wasn’t as much materialistic, but more in tune to the original idea of freely “pursuing your happiness”. Just having the opportunity to pursue, without necessarily getting there, was enough for people to live the dream. But as we all know, the dream has gotten more ambitious thanks to the capitalist  “growth” mentality. From the Vanity Fair article:

In hewing to the misbegotten notion that our standard of living must trend inexorably upward, we entered in the late 90s and early 00s into what might be called the Juiceball Era of the American Dream—a time of steroidally outsize purchasing and artificially inflated numbers. As Easterbrook saw it, it was no longer enough for people to keep up with the Joneses; no, now they had to “call and raise the Joneses.”

Some Interesting Facts about Memory (and one that isn’t)

Indeed. Here’s one factoid from the Daily Meh post:

First, there was an interesting article about a young teacher who experienced a rare affliction called dissociative fugue, a condition in which you forget your identity and travel around restlessly, while maintaining other kinds of memory; she describes logging into her email account while unaware who she was, reading about herself being missing, and logging out because she didn’t understand who this woman was or why people were looking for her. The fugue state can last hours, months or even years, and when you wake up, you usually don’t remember what happened while in it.

Writing for a Living?: A Joy or a Chore?

Nine writers give it to you straight. Al Kennedy, one of the writers, writes:

The joy of writing for a living is that you get to do it all the time. The misery is that you have to, whether you’re in the mood or not.