Big Lift Ferry Poem F374

The problem with the
American Dream –
Is that it is too selfish

05.10.17

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Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.

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Notes to this poem…

Just a little insight from your Canadian neighbour who shares more and doesn’t pursue success at the expense of everybody else. 🙂

A generalization, of course, but you can’t talk about populations with generalization.

But if you want to something more concrete to trust, this BBC article appearing a few weeks after I composed this explains it well. Note the last paragraph, especially the part about those getting to the top having done so by some luck, advantages, and a willingness to stamp on others often when the occasion arose.

We live in a world in which those who have got to the top have got there not out of great merit, but because they often had a few unfair advantages to start with, such as being born male, white and rich, because they had many lucky breaks on the way up, and often because they were willing to stamp on others’ chances as they rose. The human world does not consist of just a few superior beings able enough to do the key things that need doing, and a lumpen mass of inferior beings who could never do these things and so should be penalised appropriately.

The F-series poems are part of a collection composed on my ferry rides across Halifax Harbour when the buses aren’t crossing the MacDonald bridge due to the Big Lift bridge redecking. This should keep happening until at least December 2016.

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