Friday, February 17, 2012


"It occurred to me that the voracious ambition of humans is never sated by dreams coming true, because there is always the thought that everything might be done better and again." - John Green, The Fault in Our Stars 

Dreams are a big deal in the U.S. The "American Dream" promises a nearly perfect bliss world where, if you're hard-working and efficient enough, you will rise to the top and have plenty of nice things to keep us comfortable and satisfied. While it is good to pursue dreams and be ambitious to obtain the goals in our lives, we must be careful not to seek after our dreams for ultimate satisfaction. No dream come true will ever truly satisfy us.  Houses could always be in a better location, a little bigger, or a little less messy. The things we buy we seem to never have enough of or the best of, and we have just too much of in the end. The goals we accomplish will always be outdone by someone else. Often we will want to outdo ourselves regardless of our performance. I believe it is the beauty (or the curse) of American culture.

The beauty of simple living is we're not deceived with the promises of the material world. The beauty of radical thinking is we're not satisfied with even our dreams. Greater living is greater loving; where goals and dreams don't matter as much as relationships and family.

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