And neither are Americans. This is what connects us all to one another. It’s kind of beautiful, if you think about it, which is not something I recommend doing for very long. The one thing we have in common — our most basic bond — is profound mass dissatisfaction with everything.
What Americans Have In Common
John DeVore
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A fundamental belief in the eternal pursuit of happiness begets a mindset that never allows us to be happy with what we have. There’s more to be gained, we say. There’s still more happiness to pursue — more destiny to manifest.

This is beautiful, but I’ve seen first hand that this marks America apart. In countries with less mobility, more oppression, more wretched poor, contentedness is a way of staying sane. America might never understand this. The promise of more gives us a reason, every moment, to be unhappy.

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