There is an American dream. And yes, you have to be asleep to believe it.
My first encounter with American capitalism was reading the bestselling Robert Kiyosaki’s “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”. I fell so in love with the book that I read the whole series, “Quadrant”, “Rich Teens, Poor Teens” and think about those times, I’m thinking; all those books have the same basic content all just re-packaged differently…wait; after all Kiyosaki made his premise obvious in the book, he’s the Rich teen, I’m Poor.
It didn’t help that I read this book while living in Nigeria and I remember arguing with my friends that this book has no practical application here [Nigeria]. All this real estate buy and resell is darn cool though, wow, America is so awesome, everyone can be rich, I just need to get in there and I’m made.
Several years in the US later, all that glitter was definitely not gold. If there is anything that can be learned, I learned that there is an entrapment that occurs in the American system. It slowly draws you in until you’re so engrossed in it that you find it almost impossible to think there is another life otherwise.
For starters, money is everything, everywhere. And here [America], people are everywhere; to make the money, for those who need the money, people have to be converted to money. And in a capital economy like the United States, disposable people have being created.
I recently graduated from college. Like thousands and thousands like me, we thought college was a means to an end—an America dream.
My friend got me thinking deeply about this when he remarked, in college, they train you to always be ready to work for other people, to be submissive, independent thinking and subversion of authority over better ideals are strongly discouraged. In fact, I remember what my own parents are always telling me, go to school, get good grades and get a good job.
The problem with that advice is, everyone else’s parents is giving it to their kids and their are many of us wanting to work. Law of supply and demand simply states, we are of less value—too much of us wanting limited amount of the same thing. Too many grads with master degree and PhDs, all in an effort to boost their value in the market. All, being shaped perfectly into commodities, competing against themselves and perfectly keep the disposable people market stocked.
Though I use the US as target for this post, it’s not necessarily a issue in the US alone (though I would argue it is more prevalent), it’s is everywhere around us. The only way, in my opinion to proof oneself of becoming disposable is to recognize one’s true self and follow in that direction. Not an easy task.
You will however come to an understanding the next time you someone complaining about their jobs, getting fired or not having a job; ask them how disposable they are.