Beyond the American Dream: Lifelong Learning and the Search by Charles D. Hayes

By Charles D. Hayes

The ultimate decade of the second one Millennium has issued a flourish of books foretelling the tip of every thing from technological know-how to background. within the first decade of the 3rd Millennium, books approximately new beginnings will take their position. Is it a time for melancholy or desire? a lot of modern-day social critics deplore the consequences of multiculturalism in spawning a postmodernism period. One observer, besides the fact that, unearths cause to have a good time, claiming it really is approximately time we appeared past the confines of our king-of-the-mountain price approach, to a broader aircraft of knowing.

In his most modern ebook, Charles D. Hayes submits that the yankee Dream we have realized to champion is an inadequate aspiration for people. Cultural expectancies create social fact. ''If having needs to come on the price of being,'' he asserts, ''then you and that i are lacking the easiest a part of lifestyles and our tradition is the more serious for it.''

Reaching the top--at any fee, by means of the present model--has outlived its usefulness as a move! al in human society. those that make it, stay unfulfilled. those that do not, turn into marginalized and envious. in the course of the strength of our mind, says Hayes, we will start residing off the curiosity of our organic global rather than carrying on with to consume away on the precept. both we enhance society via our rules, or we perpetuate its deterioration via an absence of them.

A sophomoric feel of citizenship may possibly cause this manner: ''Since I wasn't alive in the course of slavery, I endure no accountability for it.'' definitely, it truly is mindless accountable ourselves for what occurred ahead of we have been born, yet Hayes continues we do have a accountability towards what's. if you happen to and that i are the beneficiaries of an unjust method stemming from the biases, prejudices, and atrocities of the prior, then now we have a duty to therapy the prejudice. past the yankee Dream issues how one can emerging above the lock-step styles of our tradition and assuming our rightful roles as considerate, in charge electorate.

In failing to actually worth to person concept and mirrored image, our society promises that an ever-increasing variety of voters will perform neither. As in his past works, Hayes urges readers to take keep watch over in their personal studying and to undertake self-directed inquiry as a lifelong precedence. schooling might be appeared ''not as whatever you get,'' he says, ''but as whatever you are taking. Self-education is the lifeblood of democracy, the main to controlling your lifestyles, and a way to residing your existence to its fullest.''

past the yank Dream illustrates those principles in perform. providing clean perception at the knowledge of serious thinkers from Aristotle to Alan Watts, including a tantalizing juxtaposition of principles that cannot aid yet foster mirrored image, Hayes demonstrates how the sensual pleasures of studying will be inherently extra fulfilling than whatever posing as leisure. He supplies compelling proof that America's maximum treasures are discovered, ''not in our buying department shops, yet in our libraries.''

Certain that the best potential now we have of persuading others is to dwell by means of the instance we recommend, Charles Hayes demanding situations each one people to reconsider our values and to amend our pursuits therefore. past the yank Dream is a considerate summons to evoke from the recent Age doctrines that experience so engulfed our tradition. it's a publication concerning the which means of that means and implores us to discover objective and that means in existence through leaving the area a greater position than we discovered it.

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Thus, it's not surprising that our system for determining merit is a greater measure of economic power than it is of competence. Through all of history we have held men and women in high esteem because of their adherence to principles, yet today we measure their success primarily by the size of their pocketbooks or the prominence of their credentials. As long as our economic system holds precedence over our most cherished ideals, we have little hope of achieving anything that might resemble genuine progress.

Life is punctuated by reaching plateaus which are not by themselves desirable-they exist only to prompt us to make the next move. In economic terms we focus on what we call the bottom line, but, when all is said and done, the bottom line is a hard place to live. It is nothing but an abstraction. When human beings become abstract they are devalued to the status of statistics. Normally we don't think of competition as being antithetical to creativity because of the constant arrival of new products on the store shelves.

And she understood that the more people there are who think you are somebody, the more somebody you are. 49 Anderson continues: We all live now in the political theater, but we have no ethic for it and little real understanding of what we can accomplish in it or what it does to us. And all we know for sure American Dreams 27 about our leaders-left, right, or center-is that they have managed to get good speaking parts. 50 It's debatable whether this need to be a hero or somebody important is inborn, a result of our culture, or another way of dealing with our mortality, but we cannot deny that our culture exacerbates the tendency.

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