Just to clarify, this isn’t a political division. It’s based on lifestyle approach. Now.
This is, essentially, how I see the people in the world in which I live.
Stories above the bustling streets of a city that ceases to slumber is one, are two, are two thousand men and women, confined in cubicles and pristine navy suits. It is here that they labor, from dusk to dawn, and type away tediously to the torturous ticking of the office clock. Each day, they engage in the repetitive routine of walking past endless, repetitive rows of identical offices, giving a repetitive, rehearsed wave to the other nameless office inhabitants before finally seating themselves at their workstation where, for hours, they will write, review, and repeat. These beings are easily characterized as Conservatives, sacrificing the true experience and aura of life in exchange for what is thought to be the “American Dream.” Stories below these dominant corporate buildings and towering skyscrapers, lives an entirely different spectrum of people- Dreamers, so to speak. Their world, in stark contrast from that of the Conservatives, is one filled with whirlwinds of color and light, in which the rhythmic footsteps and captivating voices dance together to create a lyrical soundtrack. It is perhaps best described as a modern-day coming of the 16th century English Renaissance, where new ideas take flight and old, tarnished ideas become new again with further exploration. Dreamers are the artists, the musicians, the thinkers of our modern world. They thrive on their own, individual dream of success. In this world of diversity, Conservatives and Dreamers broadly divide the spectrum, representing the broadest of extremes, based off of their lifestyle approach.
Conservatives place a great amount of value on success, and are willing to sacrifice a great deal, including, to some extent, their self standards and beliefs in order to achieve such. The work place is their typical forum for advancement, and is a central aspect of their life. They also, however, place high, but often now, with the coming of modern times, superficial importance on the maintenance of family and religion. They have sacrificed what are often considered the greatest joys in life, such as close bonds with children or friends, or a leisurely activity which one can become passionate about, to create a mere façade of success and happiness. Conservatives ultimately aspire to achieve the “American Dream”- A four-bedroom home, complete with a perfectly manicured lawn and white-picket fence. They dream of having a seemingly well off spouse, as well as seemingly well off children who will, more than likely, eventually be obliged to the same encompassing fate. This undying drive for success is a result of social conditioning from a young age, engraining the prestige of achieving the “American Dream” and placing an ultimate importance on having good socioeconomic standing.
Dreamers, on the other hand, have defined their own version of the “American Dream.” The aspiration of each Dreamer is unique and individual- It may stray from constructing homes out of bottle caps to assisting the impoverished in third world countries. While ultimately they, too, would like to achieve success in what they set out to do, they are not willing to stray from what they believe. They also aspire to achieve success solely for self-fulfillment and helping or inspiring others, as opposed to viewing success as a sort of competition in which finances and possessions are the ultimate deciding factor. They disregard their sacrifice such material possessions or political power as these are minor aspects of their world, and focus on creating and enjoying the simplicities of life. Despite their frequent discouragement from fellow members of society, perseverance and self-determination encourage Dreamers to continue. Dreamers have a rapturous, zestful approach to life, which is best described by the Italian phrase “Fuoco nelle vene,” literally meaning “Fire in the veins.” Above all, they aspire to achieve self-fulfillment.