American Culture: A Path to Freedom


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"The Land of the Free is about the people who are brave enough to defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not indulgence, excuses, and terrifying fear."  



Americans were not made to keep going strong all the time.  We were not created to work non-stop, barely getting enough rest to energize another day of overconsumption and stress.  Somewhere along the line, Americans decided that living in the Land of the Free and pursuing the American Dream meant exchanging consequences for cries of help.  The government heard those cries and almost too eagerly stepped in to answer them.  American culture has been challenged ever since, but the people have not given up on the real American dream, and they will defend their right to live in the Land of the Free.

What does it mean to live in the Land of the Free?  Is freedom defined as being able to do and get away with anything you want, without ever facing the actual consequences for your decisions?  Can freedom be defined as being entitled to unending debates over your rights if you break the law, and a get out of jail free pass for raising enough funds?  Does freedom give anyone the right to harm another person, legally or otherwise in American society?

It’s a subject of strong emotion as people stand up and voice their opinions, defending their right to be free.  But freedom never was meant to be about opinion.  It is about decisions that allow everyone to live in harmony, without infringing on the lives of others.  It is about being responsible enough to take care of yourself, without indulging to the point of getting yourself sick, and it is about managing your own affairs without expecting someone else to pick up the tab when you blow it.

Freedom is not about placing blame on anyone or anything for being a temptation you couldn’t resist.  It is about resisting the temptation and doing what you must do to preserve freedom for everyone, including
yourself.  The Land of the Free is about the people who are brave enough to defend life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not indulgence, excuses, and terrifying fear.  American culture has changed over the years, but it has not given up on the real American dream.

The real American dream is about citizens living without being told how to live, or asked to sell out their personal beliefs for the good of all.  Americans are generous to a fault, and they will not cease to help their neighbors in need, even if they keep the real American dream alive, the one that says no government shall dominate the people and promises that everyone is created equal, meaning government officials are on level footing with the rest of us, and not superior to us in any way, shape or form.  In fact, the real American dream defends its honor by being proud to have a government in place that works for its people.  This dream was realized by America’s forefathers who wrote documents providing for its protection, and warned future generations about the dangers of political corruption.  It is the very dream that makes Americans hold their heads high and boast that they live in the Land of the Free.