California Paradox

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An Idealized Paradox? California was and still is known for its golden opportunity to experience something different. It is widely regarded as an experience that cannot be achieved in any other place in the world. The lush surroundings provide a getaway. The many different cultures provide a rich diversity. The many opportunities one can pursue. The lights, the glitz, the glamour, the weather, all of these are what make California, California. Than there are the hardships, the violence, the crime, the economy, soaring gas prices, the action hero governor. These characteristics of California can steer away people from going to California, but it is these characteristics that in fact, make it that much more of an idealized paradox to live…show more content…
Rawls’ piece, “California: A Place, a People, a Dream,” he also explains to us that California is not what everyone hypes it up to be, that California is a mixture of both the good and bad. Rawls also states “opportunity and success – these promises are at the heart of the California Dream” (23). The main reason many people go to California is for the exact reason Rawls stated. The opportunity is here, albeit in the technology business such as Silicon Valley, or in the entertainment industry such as Hollywood. The opportunity comes in different forms depending on the person. Many immigrants come to California to support their families working minimum wage or even below. Although the opportunity is there, it might not be the best opportunity available. Success cannot be measured by the money you make but if you have fulfilled your dreams. Success is one thing but how you attain success is another. According to Rawls, “there’s another paradox in the California Dream – the paradox of plenty. Money-making is kind of a fixed mania for many Californians, and the evidence of California’s riches is plain enough” (28). It would seem that in California money grows on trees. It seems in the past and present day of California that money is the driving force of this state. Every promise of the California Dream always involves money, whether it is the success of making big money or the opportunity to make some money. But people tend to realize that some people make money on…show more content…
They both agree that this great state of ours has its ups and downs. Judith Lewis doesn’t necessarily appreciate all the bad things that happen but she appreciates how she becomes a better person after all is said and done. In some ways Lewis also explains that all of those troubling times help bring communities together. Whether it is rich or poor, young or old, white or black, California will carry out its promises but along with it comes it paradoxes. Rawls on the other hand, admits that there are many opportunities for success in California but also explains “California is no longer seen as a land of health but as a dark precinct of social pathology. Wide publicity is given to the state’s rate of alcoholism, drug abuse, and suicide – clear evidence that California is now the land of failed dreams and broken promises” (27). His perception on present day California is very dark and gloomy. Rawls looks at all these paradoxes in a very different way Lewis does. Rawls believes that Americans take heed in what is going on in California. Too much of a good thing might be bad for some. On the contrary

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