H. Fuchs's essay - The American Way of Families

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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...