4th OF JULY (in brief - part B)
INDEPENDENCE DAY OF THE UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA
Liberty Equality Democracy Wealth Money Materialism
Majority Minority African-American Irish-American Jewish-American Ethnicity Race Racism
As in Part A, first we present notions concerining what is ment by "American". We selected extracts of works by distinguished minds expressing their views that are included in "American Dreams" by P. Clee and V. Radu-Clee, produced by Mayfield Publishing Co., 1996. Liberty, "happiness" and their relationship with materialism and greed are common themes.
Below, also as in Part A (see links to "related topics" on the left and above) similar non-verbal notions are presented in a gallery of images that can be calld "Living in America".
"Liberty (can be) interpreted as the moral right to get away with as much as one can without being caught"
"American parents are dedicated to the proposition that unless their children ... are happier that they themselves were as children, they have failed as parents"
"Life and liberty are indeed necessities, but the pursuit of happiness is a fool's game" .
"Happiness cannot be pursued and caught like a butterfly it is one of the many things that money cannot buy ..."
from "The Pursuit of Happiness" by Ashley Motagu, born in England in 1905 and one of the best-known anthropologists.
" ... the forces of American commercialism are hugely dedicated to making us unhappy ... calling upon Americans ... to buy at once, with money they did not have ..." from "Is everybody Happy?" by John Ciardi, a noted poet and poetry editor for Saturday Review magazine (he died in 1936).
"Give me your tired,
your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
the wretched refuse of your teeming (European) shores".
An inscription on the base of the Statue of Liberty by Emma Lazarus.
"There is a magic melting pot
where any girl or man
can step in
Czech or Greek or Scot,
step out American".
Sam, watching, said, "Why, I was here
even before they came,
and stepped in too, but was tossed out."
in the "Melting Pot" by Dudley Randal.
"It is strange to see ...Americans pursue their own welfare. A native of the United States clings to this world's good as if he were certain never to die ... he clutches to everything ... but soon loosens his grasp to pursue fresh gratifications ... builds a house ... and he sells it before the roof is on ..."
"Among democratic nations men easily attain a certain equality of condition: they can never attain the equality they desire. It perpetually retires from before them, and without hiding itself from their sight, and in retiring draws them on. At every moment they think they are about to grasp it: it escapes at every moment from their hold. They are near enough to see its charms, but too far off to enjoy them; and before they have fully tasted its delight, they die".
"Men living in democratic ages have many passions, but most of their passions either end in the love of riches or proceed from it, the importance of money is really greater at such times, money creates strongly marked differences between them, the distinctions originating in wealth is increased. Among aristocratic nations money only reaches to a few points ... in democracies it seems to lead to all, this perpetual passion is monotonous, variety is disappearing, same ways of acting, thinking, and feeling ..."
from "Democracy in America" by Alexis de Tocqueville report on this visit during 1831-1832.
"Love is the grandest thing ... but fortunate the lover who has plenty of money. Money is power".
in "Acres of Diamonds" by Russell H. Conwell, a clergyman ordained in 1881 and minister to the Grace Baptist Church in Philadelphia.
"I believed everything I was taught about the dream: the American businessman is omnipotent and fair ".
"... the American dream, I see now, is governed not by education, opportunity, and hard work, but by power and fear ".
" ... sometimes I feel that a small group of financiers that gets together once a year and decide all the world's issues. The small-business venture is not there anymore. Business has become too big to influence. It can't be changed internally. A counter-power is needed".
from an 1981 interview with Stephen Cruz.