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Ken Maynard


This is awesome. You summed up exactly how I think about society today... how I feel about money and the difference between the intent of "American Dream" and the twisted, abusive cultural destination that it has become.

Thanks for writing and posting this!

Ken M.

Kent Thune

Thanks, Ken. I'm sharing the quote you gave me for those readers that do not use social media:

The "American Dream" title was popularized by author and historian James Truslow Adams in his book "Epic of America," where he states:

"But there has been also the American dream, that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement... It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position."

"[The American dream] has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class."

It's a crying shame that we have discarded the idea of the true American Dream and replaced it with expectation, greed, materialism and entitlement.


Ditto "Australian Dream" in Australia where dream = home ownership.


Kent Thune

kr: Thanks for adding depth this post by sharing a similar "dream" in Australia.

The dreams, which are really illusions, are truly a global phenomenon because humans identify with things outside of themselves.

I hope this great recession will change the way people think about money and materiality.

Adam S.

I think this is a brilliant, wonderfully put-together post. I've just stumbled on your blog, and I'm greatly enjoying your blend of common sense and financial "wisdom" (and after all, aren't they much the same?) Our over-consumerized, year-on-year-growth economy has fundamentally changed not just business but the average American individual, who now seeks happiness in the shoe or electronics aisle, rather than through personally rewarding accomplishments.

Kent Thune

Adam S: Thank you for the generous compliment.

Yes, wisdom is universal; it applies to all aspects of life.

The western world, especially America, is increasingly driven by the idea that "more is better." Almost all crises and world conflicts are rooted in discontent.

It is easy to lose oneself in the deafening noise of social media and handheld devices.

I hope to be a voice of reason that my help people become more aware -- to be conscious, to awaken -- from a false reality.

These are human challenges, existing for thousands of years. This is why I like to pepper my posts with quotes from hundreds or thousands of years prior. They still apply today, and often more so now than ever before.

Thanks for "tuning in..."


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