In Reply to: self-employment- liberating or draining? posted by Crystal Bourbeau on November 4, 2001 at 15:53:14:
: What has self-employment done for the American society? On the one hand it acts as a liberating process, but it also helped to fabricate the "Amercian dream"- this illusion that we all can achieve whatever we want through hardwork and determination. Self-employment helps to promote self-motivation, hardwork, and working with a personal passion. But, it also has the potential to make people crazed with work. People devote so much of their selves into their businesses that often they do not have the ability to sit back and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.
: Also I think it is important to look at the amount of hours people work. When comparing European economical systems to the American economical system, Americans work much more and I think that directly affects our general happiness.
I completely agree with what you're saying. It seems that American society as developed a has developed a standard in which success is measured by money. Only in the greater scope of things, it really won't matter how much money was spent on your house or car. In the end, we reflect on the deeds we did in life. Money is just a means to an end. Also, as of late, I've been pondering why American families push their children towards a college route. Not everyone is an ideal candidate for college and perhaps with some positive reinforcement, individuals will begin to see the dignity in plumbing or roofing. Although seen as menial jobs by today's standards, plumbers and roofers offer direct services to the consumer.
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