The American Dream

From a life in middle class to a life in the drain. So can we do something about it ?

Yes we can. But its up to us – not to them or Obama. Each and everyone of us has been involved in creating destitute conditions for innocent people. The good news ? If this is true, we can also stop creating inequality or division by ending separation within ourselves. Lofty spiritual concepts ?

Think again. So why don’t you change ? All it takes is one first step.

About Michaela

I am a wanderer and a wonderer, like you are. I love our journey and to walk in the company of friends – to learn, experience, share, laugh, cry and above all I simply love this marvelous, magical, mysterious life. I have no plan (cannot believe I am saying this) and my only intention is to be truthful to myself and others.
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28 Responses to The American Dream

  1. mainbean says:

    After the first eight min. I wanted to shut it off, I felt sick. Again at 20 min I wondered what can we do, the problem has become so out of controll. Together we can fix this we just need some leaders to lead us and show us how to help get “we the people” back on our feet. It’s not just handouts but opportunities we need to re-create.

    • Michaela says:

      Yes, I know It is hard to watch.

      Thank you for your response. That is exactly the conversation we need. We feel helpless, but we are not. Everything starts with one first step and anyone can do this first step. Life does present us with opportunities to help every day. For example I meet 2-3 beggars every day and so they are my responsibility and I give what I can. Food, water, money, clothing – but most of all I talk to them. Secondly – I have become very aware of how I support the system – and I support it with each item I buy , each lire of gasoline I use, I support it wising my credit card, paying taxes, having a saving plan. Normal things.

      Now, I am not advocating not doing all those things – but really become conscious of how everything is connected and then do your part, life has allocated to you. Educate your children, support your neighbors, pay someone’s bill who can’t…

      Lastly – you are asking for the opportunities to re-create. What if the opportunities are all within your reach ? What if we do not need to wait for a leader but do the first step here and now ? We all underestimate the power of the first step…

      • mainbean says:

        Agree, agree and agree again! I really have been thinking and looking arouns , really seeing my part and surroundings – the post has been really inspirational. I have had the opportunity to talk to a few friends on the subject – I am excited!

  2. Fatima says:

    ahhh the drama of the news media. melodrama. oh yes….and fair and balanced …lol

    Poverty in America is not new, so credit to BBC for pointing it out. It has always been virtually invisible (i.e. easier to ignore for a large segment of Americans) then say poverty in Mumbai or subSaharan Africa or…almost anywhere else. Didn’t anyone notice what was happening in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina?

    What this newscast really points out to those of us who are more turned in to it, is the sharp and, on the Republican side ….vicious, divide between Republicans and Democrats, which almost mirrors the divide between the 99% and the 1% who control the vast majority of wealth in America.

    The really shocking statistic is that most of the 99% are not homeless or in actual poverty as depicted here. They are the middle class, white and blue collar workers, firemen, police, teachers office workers, carpenters, farmers, etc. Wealth for the 99% has flat lined since before Clinton was President and skyrocketed for the 1%. The actual situation is both better then they show with Obama, who considering the obstacles, has done some amazing things on every level of government due to his clarity of mind, compassion, dedication to justice and statesmanship.

    Its better and, also, worse because money talks…..somebody said….accurately I think, that the Republican Party is Corporate America and the Democratic party is a wholly owned subsidiary, ie you can’t win an election in USA without money and who has the money?

    As we all saw, a small minority can block a majority even if the majority in government has the backing of the majority of voters on the issues, if they are determined to and they really don’t care what happens.

    The trouble for Pres. Obama didn’t start with the elections in 2010 but the day he took office. The Republicans may have been a minority in our government at the time, but the way it works here they began day one to obstruct legislation….all legislation….if the Democrats proposed they opposed.

    President Obama is still our best hope and that is not to say “settling for the lesser of two evils”. He is really special….imo

  3. Fatima says:

    btw…..The Heritage Foundation is a Republican Think tank. Poor? What poor? Bunch of lazy whiners. We have whats left of a safety net here in America. We don’t need to worry about them.
    (anyway, they don’t vote)….

    Yes ….it is really true ….our leaders reflect the communal consciousness of a people so …..each of us contributes to what is at every moment…..its not pretty right here, right now but the shades seem to have lifted a bit.

    One human being at a time….”I am my brothers keeper.”

  4. jeffrey marcil says:

    ONE CORPORATION AT A TIME.!!

  5. jeffrey marcil says:

    Take Money Out Of Politics !

  6. jeffrey marcil says:

    “Inside Job’ Documentary

  7. jeffrey marcil says:

    “Yes ….it is really true ….our leaders reflect the communal consciousness of a people so …..each of us contributes to what is at every moment…..its not pretty right here, right now but the shades seem to have lifted a bit.”

    No, not with Corporations having the same rights as people.

    We were born into this oppression.

  8. jeffrey marcil says:

  9. jeffrey marcil says:

    politics; government – no longer functional.

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  12. jeffrey marcil says:

    Not for the faint of heart

  13. jeffrey marcil says:

    ‎”It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”
    J. Krishnamurti

  14. Michaela says:

    We are listening

  15. jeffrey marcil says:

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