Shifting from the Old American Dream to the New American Dream

As World War II and America’s industrialization came to a close, the Old American Dream was mythologized for the creation of a new consumer society.

The tune rang true for some time; people went to college, started careers and built financially-independent families.

Nearly imperceptibly the foundations of this dream were hollowed out by the globalization of finance and trading. By now it’s painfully obvious that selling out American industry is the root of our pain. Since the Old American Dream has unceremoniously fizzled out, we’ve gotta look towards new opportunities.

In living the New American Dream, I’ve had to export myself to foreign cultures as well. This little irony is overcome by the opportunity to pursue my passions as a cultural explorer, but I’ll never forget the privileges of my birth that make it all possible. My gypsy lifestyle knows little opulence, but it’s as sure as rain a step above the two billion who live on a dollar a day.

An amazing family photoed in their home during our project to bring water to their village.

Living without basic necessities in question is more of a blessing than we might think. Generations before us laid their bodies on the machine for the dream of building a better society. We can’t forget their sacrifices while we enjoy the greatest expansion of leisure time since the whole experiment of civilization began. More paths have opened to the Good Life than we have ever collectively dreamt of. The question is, what path to do you take?

For now, mine’s a life is on the road. (I had to choose this pic since I’m in full tourist mode here.)

The act of teaching English provides little fulfillment in itself, but the combination of decent wages, low living costs and long vacations bring opportunities to explore and find continuous personal growth. My lifelong goals have yet to reach the horizon, but I see many trails into that horizon, causing the greatest elation I’ve ever felt. Travel Transmissions is an offering to you and yours’ of my experiences living the New American Dream. Come share yours’ as well!

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Meet DaveUnfulfilled by consumer lifestyles, I left on a really slow trip around the world. As a 3rd eye traveler on the New American Dream, my aim is to inspire and cultivate conscious living along the way....Read More...

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