Flags, Dreams, and Moltmann

Zinn quote

 

“The dream of freedom, equality, and happiness for all human beings –”we hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” — is a human dream. It can only be fulfilled by humanity as a whole. As long as human beings are alienated from each other by class, caste, race, and nation; as long as they live against each other and not for each other, this dream cannot be fulfilled.

Nor can it be fulfilled as an American dream; for as a nation, a world power, and a culture, America must take part in the alienation, separation, and oppression of human beings. The human dream cannot be Americanized without being falsified through the ideological self-justification of the American empire and the free enterprise of the multinational corporations. As a human dream, the American dream is a true and necessary one. As an American dream, however, it makes the human dream impossible.” –  Jürgen Moltmann, On Human Dignity, (148-149).

The illusion of the American Dream must be forfeited that we may dream bigger for all of humanity and the Earth! Cheers to toppling Empires, the ending of wars, and alternative economies!


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