Though I am not an American, I have always felt driven by the slogan 'living the american dream'. But in recent years with all that is happening in the states, I can feel that passion die away slowly. Is it only me?
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I was limited in the manner in which I answered this question. You, however, touched on the heart of the matter and I agree with you 100%. Great response!
Its a pleasure to see you here and your answer is just amazing.The 2nd last paragraph sells it for me.The misconception of the Dream being about cars money and the fast life is sad...Education, health, food and water for all...that is a worthy dream
Great answer and as a past history major, I see this answer as a primary resource in respect to what You said about the 70s - priceless. The strive for globalization has changed everything - Small villages are under attack world-wide by corporations.
I was going to say something to this effect. But before I could start to muster my thoughts, I read your answer. I doubt I can put it more eloquently. Instead, I will say, Cutler, I think this deserves the best answer.
Thanks to all of you for your recognition. Now, let's keep reading, leaning, and roll up our sleeves and get to work to make it real.
i agree with you 100%. Greed has truly robbed one and all of the American dream...my sentiments exactly.
Very well put. The American Dream was about working hard and making it through. Now, we live in a time where bankers flip numbers on computers, gambling with your/our money (which does not account as work) while hard-working people are on the street
And indeed a fantastic 2 cents. Well said.
That is very true. For the less fortunate the A dream is just an illusion
Barbara, your open hearts points to a solution. Many who have fulfilled the American dream find life empty without better goals. Perhaps our goal should be to help the less fortunate share in what we have, rather than seeking for more for ourselves.
Thank you very much for this very detailed answer coupled with your own real life experience. It is nice to see the dream live on in some.
What about America being the land of freedom and opportunity, is that also a lie or a worn out ideology?
It was a lie since the banksters and the politicians lay down with eachother over 100 years ago.
Is any dream ore than idea? To me, a dream is an idea. When we make it our own dream, then we get to work to make it real. That makes it a project. One person's dream is another person's con game, is another person's joyful reality.
Well I'm going to chase my dreams be they "american" or otherwise. I don't pursue happiness though. I find it in anyway possible. I choose not to depend on cliches like "american dream" because you have to be asleep to believe it.
Agreed. What matters is discovering within ourselves our own dream, and making it real. Some people can make a shared dream their own. Others must find their own bliss.
I like this...back home guys have the thought that going to the states is a gateway to riches, thus confusing it for the american dream. sad
I think "The American Dream" is a popular figure of speech used in connection with the US, without specifically naming it "The United States Dream."
As I began by saying, I am not an American, neither do I live in the states...but growing up I lived by the American dream. And as Denmarkguy states, it is only a figure of speech. hope I have made it clearer. In short am referring to the USA.
I have no idea why, but MickS refuses to let go of his disdain for people referring to "America" as the United States. It is an ongoing bone of contention of his. Notice he didn't answer the question?
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