Beyond the American Dream: Lifelong Learning and the Search by Charles D. Hayes

By Charles D. Hayes

The ultimate decade of the second one Millennium has issued a flourish of books foretelling the tip of every thing from technological know-how to heritage. within the first decade of the 3rd Millennium, books approximately new beginnings will take their position. Is it a time for depression or desire? a lot of contemporary social critics deplore the consequences of multiculturalism in spawning a postmodernism period. One observer, despite the fact that, unearths cause to rejoice, claiming it truly is approximately time we seemed past the confines of our king-of-the-mountain worth procedure, to a broader airplane of figuring out.

In his latest e-book, Charles D. Hayes submits that the yank Dream we have realized to champion is an inadequate aspiration for people. Cultural expectancies create social truth. ''If having needs to come on the price of being,'' he asserts, ''then you and that i are lacking the easiest a part of existence and our tradition is the more serious for it.''

Reaching the top--at any price, by way of the present model--has outlived its usefulness as a move! al in human society. those that make it, stay unfulfilled. those that do not, turn into marginalized and envious. in the course of the strength of our mind, says Hayes, we will start residing off the curiosity of our organic global rather than carrying on with to consume away on the precept. both we enhance society via our rules, or we perpetuate its deterioration via an absence of them.

A sophomoric experience of citizenship may possibly cause this manner: ''Since I wasn't alive in the course of slavery, I endure no accountability for it.'' definitely, it's mindless guilty ourselves for what occurred earlier than we have been born, yet Hayes continues we do have a accountability towards what's. for those who and that i are the beneficiaries of an unjust approach stemming from the biases, prejudices, and atrocities of the previous, then we now have a duty to treatment the prejudice. past the yank Dream issues how to emerging above the lock-step styles of our tradition and assuming our rightful roles as considerate, in charge electorate.

In failing to actually worth to person inspiration and mirrored image, our society promises that an ever-increasing variety of electorate will perform neither. As in his past works, Hayes urges readers to take keep an eye on in their personal studying and to undertake self-directed inquiry as a lifelong precedence. schooling may be seemed ''not as anything you get,'' he says, ''but as anything you're taking. Self-education is the lifeblood of democracy, the most important to controlling your existence, and a way to dwelling your existence to its fullest.''

past the yank Dream illustrates those rules in perform. delivering clean perception at the knowledge of serious thinkers from Aristotle to Alan Watts, including a tantalizing juxtaposition of rules that cannot support yet foster mirrored image, Hayes demonstrates how the sensual pleasures of studying might be inherently extra pleasing than something posing as leisure. He supplies compelling proof that America's maximum treasures are discovered, ''not in our procuring department stores, yet in our libraries.''

Certain that the best skill we now have of persuading others is to dwell through the instance we suggest, Charles Hayes demanding situations every one people to reassess our values and to amend our objectives for that reason. past the yank Dream is a considerate summons to evoke from the recent Age doctrines that experience so engulfed our tradition. it's a e-book in regards to the which means of which means and implores us to discover goal and which means in existence by way of leaving the realm a greater position than we discovered it.

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Think about the value that is lost. Our culture attributes so much value to the ideology of freedom that we are thoughtless during the times when evaluating worth ought to be most critical. If someone attempts suicide in public, the full weight of the law will be used to see that the person is kept alive. Yet, if someone with no health insurance desperately needs an operation, that person will be allowed to die quietly. Now, what if we ripped away the veil, let the rabbit out of the hat, and just for a moment pretended that thinking is doing!

But since the rise of the modernist worldview beginning in the early twentieth century, the romantic vocabulary has been threatened .... As we enter the American Dreams . 17 postmodern era, all previous beliefs about the self are placed in jeopardy, and with them the patterns of action they sustain .... Postmodernism seems to the romanticist little short of nihilism: All intrinsic properties of the human being, along with moral worth and personal commitment, are lost from view, leaving nothing to believe in.

We like to think of ourselves as a classless society, but we are incredibly astute at recognizing boundaries of class. Children internalize standards about normalcy faster than they acquire language. Prejudice and bigotry franchise the trappings of class in much the same way that degrees having little to do with ability franchise opportunity. Moreover, of all subjects taught, hate is most easily learned, which is why bigotry and prejudice play such an important role when it comes to characterizing people who live at the bottom of the mountain.

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