originally, i thought that i would do a piece on monsanto and genetically modified seeds. they are, imo, simply evil and lacking any sense of morals or ethics- they force farmers worldwide to use their seeds and buy only their seeds- and the seeds don't work. if you don't go along with them, they basically destroy you. but then i thought better of it.
because the problem is so very much bigger. i have been giving some thought as to what american culture is; what the american way of life is; what the 'american dream' is- and i really don't know that we have one that is real. isn't that what we all are grappling with- the fact and reality that 'our way of life' was one big credit card induced fantasy? probably so. but it's easy to throw out the bad stuff and not as easy to really examine what being american really means. we are proud- or we were proud- to be americans and i have a feeling that's really all we know. americans tend to be an incurious lot as a whole.
but i put a bit of time into my thoughts and opinions and came up with- we are a culture of ideas. whether they be right ones or wrong ones- we have them. it has always been our idea that we live in a free democracy and were able to work hard and do better than the previous generation. our idea was that we were always the land of opportunity and betterment and that we were a safe haven for the world's beleagured and mistreated. we were the world's champion of the underdogs. of course, then we got fairly prosperous as a whole and stopped having ideas. we decided to feel rather than think- be hedonistic rather than introspective- and we got lost.
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