Response to "Does America Still Exist?".
"The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone." .
-Orison Swett Marden-.
This quotation above is what I think so many Americans have forgotten. Everyone seems so concerned with making themselves stand out from everyone else; they don't realize if they just actually were themselves, things wouldn't always be so tumultuous. .
I totally agree with Richard Rodriguez when he says "One noticed the competition among members of "minority groups" to claim the status of Primary Victim." At least once a day I hear a minority say "I didn't get to.because of the color of my skin, or I couldn't because.of the color of my skin." America was meant for equal opportunity, and I think people today, especially younger people, use their diversity as an excuse rather than a tool. Times have changed drastically; a new America has risen. Everyone wants to be somebody, but nobody wants to grow. America is made up of hundreds and thousands of different racial combinations. For people to use their race as an excuse for not succeeding, being pointed out, or for they"re own personal sufferings is absurd. Mr. Rodriguez is right, a dream of a single society did die. Americans are so worried about not succeeding that they think of excuses and reasons in case they fail. Nothing is more absurd than the practice that prevails in our country of men and women not following the same pursuits with all their strengths and with one mind, because then, the state instead of being whole is reduced to half.
As John Fitzgerald Kennedy once said, "We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not permit it." Things will never be as they once were but hopefully the bright lights, fancy cars, big white mansions, and millions of dollars will lose they"re importance, and something a little more meaningful to strive for will evolve.