I am originally from Europe but since most of the world has been Americanized it has become harder and harder to distinguish which values stem from one country and which ones from another. Sometimes things get even more complicated since countries belong to larger sets of composite cultures. Western culture for example is one of those, and the American culture, the king. The American Dream, the crown jewel.
The American Dream always involved the idea that once someone goes to America, anything is possible. One can do anything. Eventhough a 10 year old child can decipher that this can be done in any country, Americans propagated this idea heavily since after decimating both sides of the World War, it was really the only place a human being could have a decent future.
This idea of the American dream is still very popular. The narrative that those who try the most deserve it. Those who work the hardest, or the smartest. Those who have some kind of special spirit. And unfortunately the propaganda is so massive that very few seem to notice that they are victims of one of the biggest biases in human history.
Survivorship bias refers to the idea that we only pay attention to those who made it. Nobody can or wants to listen the dead, the losers or the ones who didn't made it. I mean, they didn't make it because they weren't good enough right? They didn't have enough grit, right? Because if everyone tries as hard as those who made it, everyone would be enjoying the same wealth, fortune, health etc and the world problems will be eliminated. Right? Fuck economics, toilet cleaners, people and business to exploit. We would be the Borg from Startrek. Everyone will be the same insanely fantastic, rich, successful and every page on social media will be a facade of awesomeness!
The drug of the American Dream or the survivor-ship bias is rampant in social media and there is no sign of stopping because this is more or less another expression of the law of the jungle. Very few want to think that due to the nature of competition only few make it and at the end once power has been amassed, nobody cares how you got it. You are a winner after all. This is why everyone stops thinking about Zuckerberg, Bezos, Steve Jobs and many others that they where dirty, but hey, "this is how the world is". This is why the world has the same calamities as before. The people don't change. Only their ways do.
So suck up your survivor-ship-bias pill, work 9-5 or put your passion into a startup of a business idea and if you are "persistent" enough, you will make it. Wait for the others to tap out from the "American Dream" because they don't want it enough. Praise those who made it and try to be like them. Enjoy the rat race since really, what else is out-there to do other than "fake it until you make it" and a circle of pretentiousness about how you want the world to be.
Its not politicians that create wars. Its not the corporations that suck the life out of you. You are the creator and the one who sustains this mentality. You are the one who will pass the idea of "I am the best" to your children, and they will do the same. You are part of the reason this entire mentality flourishes. At the end of the day, every calamity you are trying to ignore in the world, every bad thought about the realities of this planet, will make you even a bigger hypocrite and more distant from what is actually going on. And will leave you wondering "Why do so many people suck and why not everybody cannot be like me?!". Said (almost) every survivorship bias victim.