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To understand us, look at monsters

Oct. 27, 2014

Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote that “dreams and beasts are two keys by which we are to find out the secrets of our nature.” Dreams speak to our aspirations, while beasts reveal our anxieties. 

The American dream is an optimistic expression of our nation’s ideals. But the American nightmare is where the uncomfortable truths come out. Our beasts expose our deepest fears, prejudices and repressed desires. 

If you really want to understand America, look at its monsters. Continue reading Cal State Fullerton associate professor Adam Golub's article  online .

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