I just came back from a showing of Changing Lanes.
I'm exhausted, because I feel as if I've lived the entire day the characters in the movie went through.
My own day was pretty surreal in itself, but not tiring. Just the movie.
I simply wanted to let everyone know how good it was before I passed out.
The American Dream is no longer the one you have been taught in school and Puritanical preaching. It is not the idea that hard work and ingenuity will take you to the top.
Now, the American Dream is getting everything for nothing. Working is associated with shit wages and little promise of any kind of movement. Being discovered as an actor in high school, looking good enough to become an artificial pop-idol, or winning the latest contest on the back of your cereal box. That's what Americans want. Fulfillment for the lazy. Reward for being in the right place at the right time doing nothing.
Work, even just self-discovery, is too much. Deliver me everything or deliver me nothing--I'm too bored to know the difference, but it doesn't matter as long as I don't have to do anything.
Effort is not rewarded. Thought is not important. Work is for those not fortunate enough to get a winning lottery ticket.
It makes it hard to see why people love America so much. And difficult to watch television.