American Dream Essay

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Although it wasn’t coined the American dream just yet, the dream itself is much older than the US, we can date it back to the 1600s, (PBS) when people began to have all sorts of aspirations for what was a new and unexplored continent to European immigrants. These dreams included, owning land, being debt free---theoretically at least, which would increase one's happiness. These dreams are as alive now as they were back then, however, the American dream is in critical condition and is quickly slipping away from us. Is it reversible? The more statistics are provided about the condition of our economy and the social pressures, the more that becomes apparent. The American dream hasn’t always been in a poor health condition, it has indeed, “seen better days---much better.” (Sinclair) The unemployment rate was not at a staggering 7.8%, (BOLS) in those better days, making it harder for Americans to achieve their own personal version of this dream. The dream can be defined in many ways, depending on who you speak to. We all come from immigrants who left their homes, families, and cultural traditions in hopes of owning a business, owning a home, getting a better education, you name the reason. So the dream is not only American, instead its a universal dream that we all can relate to. One definition that most can agree upon is that, it’s the hope of a better, richer, and happier tomorrow. Our ancestors risked it all, in order to get it right. Getting it right, for example, could mean being debt free so that you may own a home, however materialism has weakened the dream causing it to slip away from us and possibly for good. The American society installs in us the idea that, “Those who work hard and play by the rules will be rewarded with a more comfortable present and stronger future for their children” (Time Magazine). Materialism, spreads

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