I hear Bono (lead singer of U2) tell a story when asked what made America great. Here’s his response. “In America, people look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say to themselves ‘One day I’m going to live like that’. In Ireland we look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say ‘One day I’m gonna get that son of a bitch’.” Sadly we are becoming more European by the minute.
In America, people look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say to themselves One day Im going to live like that.When I was a poor little kid, I looked around and saw all those rich people with luxurious houses, new cars, boats, expensive trips, and plenty of money to throw around, and I was thinking: "I'm going to be like that!"
In Ireland we look at the guy in the giant house on the hill and say One day Im gonna get that son of a bitch.
I wanted to be like that. It never even occurred to me to want to take what they have (envy, covet) or resent their having it or get even with them for having it (vengeance). I was smart enough to know that somebody worked mighty hard to get all that and I could do it too.
I studied hard, worked hard, kept going-and here I am!
America has always been The Land of Opportunity. It will continue to be unless the American people destroy it--and all of its hope, promise, and opportunity.