We cannot afford to prop up the modern American Dream

“Taken together, the provisions of this plan will help us end this crisis and preserve, for millions of families, their stake in the American Dream,” Obama said. Yet, he also added: “We must also acknowledge the limits of this plan.”

(from http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090218/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_home_foreclosures )

In terms of putting an emphasis on an approach which recognises limits – and reads the lessons life sends our way – another view is that, globally, we can no longer afford to prop up the Amercian Dream (nor the self-image which is core to its acceptance).

A better approach – dream a new dream – one that is truly sustainable and not restricted to the citizens of the United States.

In place of nuclear families in single homes consuming more and more electical goods, cars and non-renewable resources we need to rediscover more communal living arrangements based on pooling and sharing resources.

That is, exactly those Ways which have been practiced by indigenous peoples around the planet for countless generations (and a few pioneering hippies in the 1970s).