Dream Small, America

Most of us will never achieve the impossible; we'd be better off admitting it
By Gabriel Winant,  Newser User
Posted Mar 13, 2009 11:45 AM CDT
An unfinished development at a master planned community in suburban Las Vegas is pictured Wednesday, March 12, 2008.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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(Newser) – The American dream sounds great, but the relentless pursuit of "whatever glitters beyond the edge of our means" is doing us no favors, Frederic Morton writes in the LA Times. "Our passion for the out-of-reach is the very dynamic that (to use a long- familiar phrase) 'has made this country great,'" he writes. “But has it made us happy? And how much of our happiness is the bright mask of stress?”

Even President Obama comes in for a share of the blame, thanks to his taste in book titles: The Audacity of Hope means "a dweller in the land content with the possible falls short of America's spirit." Now, Morton wonders, “Do we have the courage to free ourselves from the fixation on the exceptional?”