Exceptional

I don’t like American exceptionalism; while America is indeed a very special place, it’s not healthy for a society, or a person, to believe that his way is the best way and he is always right. That kind of attitude kills not only freedom, but entrepreneurship as well: when things are just fine as they are, well, that’s when you stop reaching for the stars. Stop reaching for the Stars… Ain’t that such a mournful phrase? It holds such despair and finality in so few words; it’s almost like a eulogy: “He just gave it up. He always tried to Reach for the Stars, but then he couldn’t take it anymore.” Well, The Stars in this context mean something that never can be reached — you can reach for them, but you cannot reach them. If you think you’ve reached them, then first of all you can’t, because they’re Stars, and second, you stop trying. Now if that’s not un-American, I don’t know what is.

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