H. Fuchs's Essay The American Way Of Families

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H. Fuchs's essay - The American Way of FamiliesIs the Dream Really as Sweet as Apple Pie?There were a few aspects of Lawrence H. Fuchs's essay TheAmerican Way of Families that I found extraordinarily interesting. Hediscusses influences of the modern American family that I found quitebizarre. Fuch also labels the key component to the American family as beingnone other than the gratification and pursuit of one's own self being. Themost bizarre thing that overcame after reading this piece was that I foundmyself to be in total agreement with Fuch. That is what scared me. Irealized that something that is supposed to be so stable in one's own life isreally as 'cut and dry' as we would like to believe. In essence, the mainpremise of human existence is satisfying yourself; at every level down to yourbasic foundation. We fight to make our own lives better at times even at thecost of others. This holds true in almost every arena of society that I tried toimagine after reading Fuch's essay. The only area of life that this struggle tosatisfy yourself above and beyond all does not pertain in my opinion isreligion: it is impossible to worship a being and try to overcome that beingat the same time. Whether it involves fighting to be on top in the workplaceor playing dirty to win a sporting event; almost all Americans have the fireburning within them that compels them to reach their goal or selfsatisfaction. In reading The American Way of Families, it occured to methat 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 theexistence of this urge in themselves. The urge exists in every form. Nomatter how picture perfect the family may be perceived, each member of thathousehold wants to please themselves. In this quest to satisfy the appetite ofhappiness we often overlook the feelings of others. For instance, supposethat in a family that consisted of two college graduates in the role of parent,were faced with a child (that they brought up with all of their values andgood intentions) that suddenly decides that he or she wants to move toHollywood to become a rock star. It is almost by instinct that these parentswill not approve of their child's decision. They do not want to lie about whattheir child is doing when their friends(who coincidentally all have children incollege) ask, 'Hey, what's Johnny and Sally up to theses days?' Quite to thecontrary, most parents want to be able to tell their friends straight in the eyethat their kid is going to school to learn to be a doctor just like them. WhenFuch mentioned in his piece, 'In America a new kind of family systememerged, based on the search of individual members for personalindependence.', I realized that he was talking about my family and everyother family in America. It soon dawned upon me at this point that inAmerica each member of a household has his or her own agenda and we setout to fulfill it any expense; even by going astray from...

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