I don’t believe in ideas anymore

It’s not that I don’t believe in ideas anymore – that would be like not believing in the sun or the sky. As long as people breathe, they will continue to have ideas. What I really mean is: where are the ideas whose singular purpose is not to line pockets or take advantage of others? Even the ideas that are seemingly well meaning are well meaning with the hope of riches beyond belief.

There was a time when someone bought a home because they wanted to spend their life in it. Now it’s an investment. People started businesses to feed their families, not with an eye on world domination. Over the years our view of the American dream has been distorted to the point where it appears like our image reflected in a funhouse mirror.

The greatest shortage this country seems to have is of people who think beyond their bank account, home value, or 401K balance.

Where are the people whose sole intent is to have a positive impact? Where are there ideas? And how do I meet them?

  • Lance

    I know what you mean. Those ‘good’ ideas are out there still but they’ve definitely become the exception and not the rule, which is sad.

    But here’s one such ‘good’ idea I read about recently.
    http://www.westword.com/2009-02-26/news/same-cafe-the-restaurant-where-you-pay-what-you-can/

  • http://cynicsgirl.blogspot.com Cyn

    I don’t know if too many people can even have the ability to dream that American Dream anymore, let alone reach out beyond their own sphere to others. My esteemed husband said something yesterday about the erosion of the middle class…well, not in those words exactly…there is becoming an even sharper divide between the people with exorbitant lifestyles and those who have to scrape together to pay that next bill. Never in my life have I had such a sense of hard-working well-educated professionals reduced to clinging to the side of a financial ship that we hope won’t take on more water.

    But I get what you’re saying. Selflessness isn’t a trait that’s encouraged in this society, and that’s too bad.