Why Don’t Americans Want a Better Life?

You think you have it hard? I had to use a paper map, the Dewey Decimal system, and a discman.

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Obsessed with outdoing each other in every aspect of life, Americans proudly boast how hard they had it and trump each other’s hardship stories as if it’s fortunate to be misfortunate. Hardship bragging tales are often as trivial as standing in line for five hours to vote, to working three jobs to afford a college tuition, and the Americans revelling and idolizing adversity, haven’t a clue of what it is to really struggle. The obstacles the middle-income earners endured twenty years ago, aren’t comparable to the colossal challenges the majority of Americans encounter today, and the Americans patting themselves on the back for tolerating the government’s failure to provide adequate amenities like voting centers and support for the economy (aka the people), is like celebrating being kicked in the face.

Many Americans have accepted an inept government, and they want every single generation to shut-up and deal with it too. Historically, the objective was to progress as a civilization, but in the era of me, myself, and I, we don’t want anyone to have anything better or easier than we did. These overly coddled cry-babies just don’t want to work, and they expect more out of life; can’t they see how happy we are?! No, they can’t see how happy we are because it’s blatantly obvious we hate our job, marriage, and life. As we work to live, they don’t want this lame existence nor should they. Perhaps they’ve figured out purchasing materials can’t buy happiness, and freedom is a liveable wage, healthcare, and social benefits.

The Greatest Generation wasn’t perfect, but they truly believed in making the world better for everybody. Dying or surviving the horrors of war, they are recognized as heroes who gave Americans a sense of greatness, but every war after WWII was fought for the US’ greedy imperialistic ideals. The Baby Boomers are resentful, jaded, distrusting, spiteful, and I can’t blame them. Ignoring the horrendous draft forcing them to fight in a war the American public detested and returning home only to be shamed, is insensitive and outright callous. Children of the Boomers haven’t been forced to a war they didn’t believe in, but this doesn’t mean our lives are easy, and why is it a competition?

As we learn from those who have come before us and the challenges they’ve confronted, we don’t want to repeat the past and the Boomers definitely don’t want their children to live the horrors of war, but they can’t hold back their bitterness. They’ve never recovered from their trauma and they can’t help but pass it along. Is it fair to us? No, it isn’t, but can we understand their history and our country’s use of propaganda to manipulate them into believing socialist policies are the devil’s work? To this age group and many gen X’s, socialist policies like universal healthcare and subsidized education is one step away from becoming the U.S.S.R.

The economic mess and environmental degradation flinging us into a pit twenty miles deep, is our war, but this time it’s on home grounds and the enemies are the corporate donors and corrupted government. We should be bragging about fighting to end voter suppression, economic inequality, climate injustices, poor labor rights, racial inequality, and any of the numerous problems we face as a society. Humanity has been advancing towards better living standards; why are we actively trying to stop this progression now?

Is this the world you would have created?

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