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Old 01-20-2010, 08:28 AM
 
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I have always thought the stereotipical american dream was quite boring and makes people feel trapped in a situation they can never escape.The vast majorty of americans take on a massive amount of debt to get there. The house,the cars,the 2.5 kids and a dagree will almost garantee you to become a wage slave for the rest of your life.I geuss thats why drugs and acohol are so popular in this country, its the only way to escape for most people.I'm glad I decided never to get on the hampster wheel.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:37 AM
 
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I have always thought the stereotipical american dream was quite boring and makes people feel trapped in a situation they can never escape.The vast majorty of americans take on a massive amount of debt to get there. The house,the cars,the 2.5 kids and a dagree will almost garantee you to become a wage slave for the rest of your life.I geuss thats why drugs and acohol are so popular in this country, its the only way to escape for most people.I'm glad I decided never to get on the hampster wheel.
Sounds good but in the real world refrigerator boxes leak.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:44 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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I have always thought the stereotipical american dream was quite boring and makes people feel trapped in a situation they can never escape.The vast majorty of americans take on a massive amount of debt to get there. The house,the cars,the 2.5 kids and a dagree will almost garantee you to become a wage slave for the rest of your life.I geuss thats why drugs and acohol are so popular in this country, its the only way to escape for most people.I'm glad I decided never to get on the hampster wheel.
Religion is popular and an escape. In this life keep your nose to the grind wheel, do as you're told, don't ask questions, and you will be rewarded in the afterlife.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:45 AM
 
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Never had a refig box but did live out of a back pack.In fact I plan on going overseas and backpacking/walking the earth.I will have a big chunk of change to fall back on.You learn alot about yourself,the world and other people and I think everyone should try it.
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:58 AM
 
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Never had a refig box but did live out of a back pack.In fact I plan on going overseas and backpacking/walking the earth.I will have a big chunk of change to fall back on.You learn alot about yourself,the world and other people and I think everyone should try it.
You will have a big chunk of change to fall back on! Do you expect to live off of the laurals of others? People tend to recognize deadbeats pretty quickly. Remember, wherever you go you take you with you.
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Old 01-20-2010, 10:58 AM
 
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This system is quite simply a way to keep you in debt. None of the commonwealth countrys allow you to write off the interest on your house payment. Our system is set up to keep you in debt. The banks always have and always will rule your life. RP
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Bothell, Washington
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I guess if people do it right, the American Dream, including the house with the white picket fence is not really much more expensive than just getting by in an apartment, which is really the only other option most of us have.
It's just a matter of living within your means- why buy the 3000 square ft. house with the 3 car garage if you can fit just fine into the nice 1400 square foot house? That is the key- if more people kept that sensibility in mind the American dream would not seem so far out of reach.
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:15 AM
 
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What exactly is the American Dream? Are we talking wife, kids, family then retire?
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:21 AM
 
Location: Sinking in the Great Salt Lake
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I have always thought the stereotipical american dream was quite boring and makes people feel trapped in a situation they can never escape.The vast majorty of americans take on a massive amount of debt to get there. The house,the cars,the 2.5 kids and a dagree will almost garantee you to become a wage slave for the rest of your life.I geuss thats why drugs and acohol are so popular in this country, its the only way to escape for most people.I'm glad I decided never to get on the hampster wheel.
Um... yea. So what would suggest we do otherwise?

I'm pretty sure most of us are already aware we are slaves to the system. So what are you gonna do to change it?
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Old 01-20-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Read Hunter S. Thompson.

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