This archived article was written by: Janine Thompson
Imagine it, the new theme song to the American way of life, “Look at all the chubby people, where do they all come from, all the drugged up people where do they all belong”, to the tune of The Beatles’ song Eleanor Rigby. While it sounds ridiculous and crude, the truth to these newly found lyrics can be viewed from near and far while observing our “amazing, and developing American ways of life.”
Look around, even in the 12-foot space you find yourself drowsily reading in, you can see them. They are the druggies, the fatties, and the plain insecure beings that make up this beautiful country. How can it be said that we are the happiest, most well developed people of the world, when glancing around maybe one person you find yourself around is truly healthy and ready for life.
Why is it that the American public has taken such a turn for the worse? Isn’t it true that we have all the necessities and luxuries that can be obtained? Money and power have done this to us, creating such a place that taking over is the only way the average American can find happiness.
As we push our way of life on others and different cultures, has it ever truly occurred to any of us what is happening? Spread democracy, create freedom and fatten em’ up- the perfect American billboard slogan. While we go to other parts of the world, we seem to think that they want what every U.S. citizen takes for granted. Although our freedom, Twinkies and mind altering drugs are perfect for our quickly depleting health and thought processes, not every human feels inclined to join.
Finding ourselves with so much to give and show for ourselves, the interesting truth may come from questions such as, “Whose idea was it to spend millions of dollars to show that a child in Africa is dying of starvation? Who decided that our way of life was the only way that happiness could be obtained?
Who felt it was necessary to show others that Christianity and democracy were the true way to find “peace” in this world?” Why is it that in order to show our superiority, we spend millions in order to show that others need help, or that we will shove our beliefs on others in order to show that we areto show that others need help, or that we will shove our beliefs on others in order to show that we are better?
The truth is, the American way of life may be fine and dandy, and may be one of the best situations, yet it is not what other’s want. The world has no need for the overweight, hyped-up society we have created. What it wants is our help when needed and our support and acceptance when assistance is unnecessary.
While it won’t come about anytime soon, it needs to be seen that our way of life is our own, and forcing our views upon others will not bring about “world peace” and friendships, only the downfall of what we call home, and many more years of power struggle and battles to come.