America’s Desire for a Simple Way of Living
There was once a time in America’s history when average people would dine out all of the time, buy large houses, and drive fancy cars. Being big spenders and living large was a trend that Americans enjoyed. As soon as the Recession hit, Americans discovered that eating out at restaurants and having big homes was no longer attractive as it once seemed and became more of a burden. Now, the average American is more concerned about saving their funds and adhering to a modest and simple way of life.
A recent survey shows that Americans are now concerned with spending more time with loved ones. It seems that the Recession has taught us how to cherish every moment without living in excess. Perhaps it has been the experience of seeing one’s hard-earned dollars whittle away in a mortgage or in high prices of gasoline that has taught people that money is not truly as valuable as it seems. As the economy continues to shake, the only thing that remains constant is one’s relationships with his or her family and friends.
It is clear that America’s quest for simplicity will continue as the Recession continues. Even if the Recession does end early, Americans have likely learned some valuable lessons about the value of their relationships as opposed to the value of money. People in American society may be more cautious about the careers that they take on so as to avoid working 60 to 80 hour workweeks. They may try to avoid making purchases that will have ongoing expenses for the rest of their lives, such as a large home. Living with less has once again become fashionable. Those who are able to live with less Find themselves happier and often able to see the true meaning and value of life more clearly.
Everyone in America is now faced with a great choice. They can continue to buy into the so-called “dream” of owning material possessions that cost one’s livelihood and relationships, or they can pursue the deep satisfaction of a simple life that is filled with blossoming relationships and true happiness with one’s experiences in life.
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Written by Cowboy on September 20th, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture