Last but not least, the fantasy of the investor society has had a corrosive effect on the ethics of Americans. The unspoken premise is that it is not enough to work hard in order to get ahead. Average Americans as well as the rich few must gamble in the stock market as well. To their detriment, millions of Americans whose wages failed to keep up with economic growth bought into this Wall Street-peddled fantasy of a nation of day traders and house flippers. They and the rest of us are still paying the price for the corruption of American morals by the get-rich-quick mentality.
Not all Americans are driven by a need for wealth and success. Not all Americans are willing to work 7/24 to achieve business success. Not all Americans have ego driven personalities that need self-image enhancement and peer validation. Many Americans (probably 80%) are of the 8 to 5 variety. This doesn’t make them less valuable as citizens; in fact, the sharks could never survive without them.