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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 12 2013: James,

    I was climbing the corporate ladder and checked what I liked. I went back to the bench to do research and consulting, made enough money to pay for my kids education, my house, and food. We could not take vacations but that did not matter much. You have to make a decision what is important to you, for me my family and working on technical problems rather than management or corporate strategy. I was asked every year if I wanted to move to management. (hated doing employee evaluation)
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      Nov 12 2013: Wow, that's a gutsy call. I completely understand about taking what matters in your life and analyzing what makes you happy, pursuing it and having gratification from your deeds. I m more interested if people thing that if its harder in the United States to go down this path than in other countries. Almost to the point as if it is more of a psychological burden here because of the subliminal messages through TV, movies, ads, and even through everyday life as we see the people who benefit from "corporate structures" versus those who are peaceful but yet struggling. For someone who has life experiences you can definitely read through the crap but for a young person trying to figure out what they want I can see the struggle of decision making because of what is considered the "American Way'. Before I go off on another tangent ha, what do you think.
      • Nov 13 2013: James,

        I can give you my opinion. I have worked in other countries. I found that in certain countries they are as bad as America. Others they are more laid back. I am not sure about people benefiting from the corporate structure, a lot of ulcers and heart attacks.

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