Happiness v. Work, Personal Achievement, Success, Materialism
are some ways that Mitch values hard work, achievement, success? Is
this true for you or your parents? Does this start in high school or
even sooner? What ways? Is it possible to obtain a different type of
success? Think about (click here for more info) the Nothing assignment
and how we connect what we do to who we are as people. Our culture
constructs a reality where we are not allowed to just be. We must be
doing at all times; it is valuing personal achievement, time, work,
competition, materialism and success. Note that happiness is never a
a part of the equation. The hegemonic assumption is that happiness
simply comes with those values. See this post about happiness and it's relationship to money. Contrast these values with the values that Michael Buettner writes about in his book Thrive.
What are the lessons you learned from Thrive? How would you like to
live your life differently after reading this? What would be a message
you would like to share with the rest of your classmates who don't have
the privilege of being in our class? This value cluster also reminds me
of this joke about an American businessman and a Mexican fisherman.