It’s Drifted from the Vision of Our Founding Fathers.
In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.
Is the American Dream Dead, Alive, or Sleeping? What is the price of any given American Dream, and who pays it?” Are some dreams better than others?”
Some say, that the American Dream has become the pursuit of material prosperity – that people work more hours to get bigger cars, fancier homes, the fruits of prosperity for their families – but have less time to enjoy their prosperity. Others say that the American Dream is beyond the grasp of the working poor who must work two jobs to insure their family’s survival. Yet others look toward a new American Dream with less focus on financial gain and more emphasis on living a simple, fulfilling life.
“What Has Happened to the American Dream?” the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt wrote:
The future will be determined by the young, and there is no more essential task today, it seems to me, than to bring before them once more, in all its brightness, in all its splendor and beauty, the American dream, lest we let it fade, too concerned with ways of earning a living or impressing our neighbors or getting ahead or finding bigger and more potent ways of destroying the world and all that is in it.
God help us. 🙏 The American dream has been on life support for all of its 84 years. Living the American Dream? What a joke! 😂🤣😂 Sadly, it’s not what it used to be “YEARS” ago…
I would love to hear stories of what the dream represents to you, whether your vision of the dream is dead, dying, or hasn’t yet been born.
Myself… I have decided to move toward a new American Dream with less focus on financial gain and more emphasis on living a simple, fulfilling life. Because… Today the American Dream is beyond the grasp of the working poor who must work two jobs to insure their family’s survival (I did this for years). Millennials staying longer with parents. For the first time in 130 years, the most popular living arrangement among adults is moving back home, aged 18 to 34, because it’s VERY difficult to make it on your own in this day and age. Our senior citizens are not making it either, take care of our elders, it’s just the right thing to do!
How do you feel about state the American Dream?
- I/my family have achieved the American Dream.
- The American Dream obtainable to those willing to work for it.
- The American is out of reach.
- The American Dream is dead.
I am between #2 and #3, because you can work hard for years and the dream can still be out of reach in today’s world.