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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: Hi James,
    I'm guessing that by "ease of life" you mean mainly being at ease with oneself, (part of which relates to lifestyle choices).
    If climbing the corporate ladder is not your thing, my advice would be don't bother, and seek an alternative closer to your heart. What currently passes for the 'American dream' is stratospheric in terms of expectations. "Money can't buy you love". But I'm sure there is a path you can make through life which is meaningful and important to you; and which will pay the bills at an acceptable level.
    I recommend Ken Robinson's talk(s) on TED, and his book "Finding your Element" which came out this year, and which I am currently reading.
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      Nov 12 2013: Thanks Joshua. I m going to look into this book.

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