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Making a living or making a life?

Americans are educated in a system that advertises the American dream, as a person working hard and making money for his family. A succesfull family is portrayed as being that of a couple working their butts off to buy what they most desire. Do you feel that in our american dream, we have been thaught to make a living more than we have been thaught to make a life? We can work long hours and make more money , but have we learned to enjoy precious moments, our family, and overall our life?

ok another scenario,What would you rather choose, if you have both love for your family, but are equally passionate for your work. It happens to very few people. The people that it does happen to though, are the people who might be passionate about a certain thing or subject doesn't necessarilly mean that their focus is only money. Besides having their families as motivation, these people also have a genuine love for the work they do, and are motivated to either make a difference in their field, and sometimes can't manage to balance both family and work. I guess that it all comes down to every individual, like you said only I can answer myself. Thanks for the answers.

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    Nov 1 2013: The whole concept of "earning a living" has been around for less than 200 years; and humans survived for millennia before then. I agree with you, this concept needs revisiting if we are to "make a life". In order to do so, I reckon we need to re-waken our sense of the sacred, identify our "points of enoughness", and develop a more co-operative (rather than ultra-competitive) sense of living together.
    {As a European, in my 3 visits to the USA over 30 years I have always got the (perhaps biased) impression that american culture is pathologically obsessed with money as the measure of all things - and now it's coming to Europe too}

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