James Truslow Adams once referred to the American Dream as being a social order in which every man, woman, and child were granted an innate ability to be great. That your individual greatness didn’t come from which family you were born into or what you possessed. Your greatness came from your god given right to be able to become the best you that you could be. In todays world I personally believe this to still hold true. But, I don’t believe the majority of the human population does.
No matter who you are or where you have come from, you have undoubtedly heard of the American Dream. The idea that no matter who you are or where you have come from, you can do whatever it is you desire in America. What was once one the main driving forces for immigrants to flock to the new world, has slowly changed over the years, but still holds its value in the eyes of those who are looking for a promising new place to live. The American dream might not hold the same awe inspiring sound that it once did, but for many generations before ours it was a beacon of hope that helped build the foundation that the United States was built on. And, still, today the American dream might not be as achievable as it once was, but it is still an important
I Have a Dream The American dream has always been a staple of the American culture. When people speak of it, they say that the American dream, “is going from dirt poor to filthy rich and becoming more than you could have ever imagined” (They Say pg.611). It is where every citizen of the United States of America has the opportunity of its achievements no matter where they stand or what prejudices they may face. My definition of the American dream is basically the ideal life in America today.
The American dream at one point was what drew people to American; the right to life, liberty, and the happiness. The American dream is the hope to acquire currency, large homes, raise a middle-class family, and pursue what brings people joy in life. But in the year 2016, the American dream becomes hard to believe in. The American dream may still exist, but it is not equally accessible to all Americans. This is true because the American dream is not affordable for everyone, it is not available to everyone from different degrees of education, and race and ethnicity creates large social barriers.
“Things usually work out in the end.” “What if they don’t?” “That just means you haven’t come to the end yet.” (Walls 259) By definition, The American Dream is both the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American as well as a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
Paradox and dream Americans have developed the idea of an American Dream over decades of time, we have came to believe and trust in these ideas throughout the years. From generation to generation the American Dream has been built on, changed but still carries some of the past along with it. Our beliefs help us pursue the American Dream in that they give Americans the idea of never settling for less, to fancy ourselves as stubborn realist, and that we have inherited self-sufficiency. According to John Steinbeck, Americans are never satisfied, always searching for the next come up and wanting more.
I envision the future America as a sanctuary that will protect and love the citizens of this country more than it is shown in the society of today. I imagine that the violence and chaos that is present today will eventually be defeated if we can conquer it with compassion and understanding. When we provide good work ethics along with focus, America will be built up the way it was intended to be. The thirty-third president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, stated, “America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.”
Many people have and are still coming to America, seeking this thing we once knew as the American dream. The American dream has been around since 1776 but was later coined in 1931. (Novak, 2015). Is the American dream still alive today? Is the American dream still worth pursing?
From my entire life, I believe that no matter how big or small a dream may be, each one possesses significant meaning into shaping ourselves and the world. I have always placed myself as the lowest priority for everything: money and notoriety signified little value to me in the grand scheme of life. All I dream is simply to help other people, while in the process to become a better person. From living in the small city of Pittsburg, I am overwhelmingly blessed to be enriched with the surrounding diversity of various cultures and languages. This has contributed to further embrace my own Filipino heritage and openly share it with anyone.
“America’s Gift to my Generation” The right to bare arms is the most important gift American vets has given to my generation in my opinion. Our current and former military protect our rights and will continue to protect them as long as possible. The right to bare arms is important, used for protection, and also used to obtain food.