Dedicated to all things X-Tina.

Hello boys and girls.

I’m sorry I haven’t been as active as usual. I needed to do some stuff we normal humans have to do in order to eat (ie, work). I still can’t understand how people like Casey Serin can do nothing all day and survive. And blog. And go on camping trips. Aw, well.

Casey Serin, enjoying the fruits of hard labor

Casey Serin, enjoying the fruits of hard labor

 

In today’s post, we are going to talk about a good old fellow, who went by the name of Horatio Alger. Ring a bell? No?  Well. Horatio Alger was a 19th century author who became famous because of his stories, who always featured a rags-to-riches theme for the young ones to enjoy. According to his vision, everyone could achieve anything they set their sights to.

An unintentionally funny (and appropiate) Horatio Alger story

An unintentionally funny (and appropiate) Horatio Alger story

Now, this is where it gets interesting. I don’t know whether Casey ever heard of Alger, but if he didn’t, then at least he’s pretty familiar with the American Dream. Or at least a very perverted version of it. Michael Moore was the first author that linked Alger to the way american people will allow their politicians and businessmen behave, simply because they hope that someday they’ll be rich, too;  they’ll also be above the law, so it’s better not to attack them far too much.

 “So, here’s my question: after fleecing the American public and destroying the American dream for most working people, how is it that, instead of being drawn and quartered and hung at dawn at the city gates, the rich got a big wet kiss from Congress in the form of a record tax break, and no one says a word? How can that be? I think it’s because we’re still addicted to the Horatio Alger fantasy drug. Despite all the damage and all the evidence to the contrary, the average American still wants to hang on to this belief that maybe, just maybe, he or she (mostly he) just might make it big after all.”

Michael Moore

Now, here’s where it gets interesting. Casey has bought line, hook and sinker the American Dream, mixed with a bit of Alger. Check it out.

The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.

James Truslow Adams

Here’s the thing. Casey (just like he quotes the Bible) is selectively ignoring certain aspects of Alger / Adams. 

  • He wants the riches, but refuses to work.
  • He places riches and power above humility and morals.
  • He ignores the fact that opportunity is dependant on ability or achievement, choosing instead to go with “passive income” from heaven.
  • He believes the “dream” represents money, power, high wages and an easy life.
  • He hasn’t realized that the American Dream will, in the end, “allow him to attain the fullest stature of which he is innately capable” (meaning he’ll be the stain underneath the carpet of life).

James was right. The Europeans (or Asians, or Uzbekis) have a hard time interpreting the American Dream. Just ask Casey Serin.

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Comments on: "Horatio Alger and Casey Serin" (1)

  1. The ironic [and sad] thing is that Casey Serin himself has played a not-insignificant part in destroying the American Dream for everyone else. He is a microcosm of the reasons the country is circling the drain.

    Gigantic crimes like Serin’s are no longer punished in any way. Casey himself is utterly remorseless, couldn’t care less about the people he’s negatively affected, and he’s practically contemptuous of people who work hard and earn money legitimately. And his idiotic parents have no sense of shame, being perfectly OK with supporting him for the rest of his life. Don’t you just want to slap some sense into them…? It’s sickening.

    The only tangible consequence to Casey from all this was losing his wife. Which really isn’t a big loss when you’re an enormous flaming fruit like he is.

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