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Is the "ease of life" worth fighting for in the United States or is better to be in a country that strives for its citizens to work to live.

I have been contemplating about the stress and mental exhaustion that many United States citizens experience while trying to succeed for the "American Dream". When I was a kid, my father let me know how important it is to succeed by going to college, having a career, and working hard. Well, to achieve this concept I seen my involvement with colleges end up in financial debt, career changes to meet the employment demand and the stress that comes with all what I have mentioned above to be almost unrewarding. I feel that the American Dream is a money pit that is endless. Is this the ease of life that is mentally sane for people or are we blind to the fact that we are slaves to a misguided ideology of social status and possessions.

I see people that are happy with being able to pay their bills with no ambition of climbing the corporate ladder. These people want to stay as far away from the lifestyle that I mentioned above and I see them happier and pursuing what they love. Inspiring to the ease of life or pursuit of happiness. So my question again, Is the ease of life worth fighting for in the United States?

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    Nov 11 2013: @Fritzie....Oh yes, my father is alive. I interpret what he was saying was that he didn't want me to be a "bum" in our society. He wanted me to succeed so that I wouldn't be a burden to the family or himself. Its understandable to want that for your child (from my father's perspective).
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      Nov 12 2013: This doesn't sound like he was pushing you to aspire to social status and possessions.

      It sounds like he wanted his son to be self-sufficient.

      I think that is what most parents want for their children and, in fact, what most people want for themselves- to be able to take care of themselves and their loved ones while leading an interesting and meaningful life.
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        Nov 12 2013: Well maybe the way I used my father as an example in my statement was interpret as a I wasn't sure what he was trying to say. I understood his message, I wasn't really trying to open an interpretation on that context but I appreciate the insight.

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