H. Fuchs's essay - The American Way of Families
Is the Dream Really as Sweet as Apple Pie?
There were a few aspects of Lawrence H. Fuchs's essay The
American Way of Families that I found extraordinarily interesting. He
discusses influences of the modern American family that I found quite
bizarre. Fuch also labels the key component to the American family as being
none other than the gratification and pursuit of one's own self being. The
most bizarre thing that overcame after reading this piece was that I found
myself to be in total agreement with Fuch. That is what scared me. I
realized that something that is supposed to be so stable in one's own life is
really as 'cut and dry' as we would like to believe. In essence, the main
premise of human existence is satisfying yourself; at every level down to your
basic foundation. We fight to make our own lives better at times even at the
cost of others.
This holds true in almost every arena of society that I tried to
imagine after reading Fuch's essay. The only area of life that this struggle to
satisfy yourself above and beyond all does not pertain in my opinion is
religion: it is impossible to worship a being and try to overcome that being
at the same time. Whether it involves fighting to be on top in the workplace
or playing dirty to win a sporting event; almost all Americans have the fire
burning within them that compels them to reach their goal or self
satisfaction. In reading The American Way of Families, it occured to me
that the struggle for pleasing one's own self existed even in the family.
I don't think that after reading this piece that anyone can deny the
existence of this...