The Paradox of the American Dream

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for — in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.

Ellen DeGeneres, comedian and host of the Ellen DeGeneres Show

Our economy is based on spending billions to persuade people that happiness is buying things, and then insisting that the only way to have a viable economy is to make things for people to buy so they’ll have jobs and get enough money to buy things.

Philip Elliot Slater, author of  The Pursuit of Loneliness, Beacon Press (1990).

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

Socrates

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