Just the other day a few of us losers got together and were discussing rubbish as usual. Somewhere along the way the topic of the American Dream came up.
There was abundant dialogue as we each spoke about what we felt “the dream” refers to. It was quite interesting to say the least. I am not sure I know the right answer, neither did any of my friends, but we all had our theories.
One friend mentioned it is about being able to own your own home – Frankly sounded boring, typical and run of the mill answer. Another mentioned it is all about the freedom of religion, free speech and the whole nine yards, which I think he just stole from the constitution.
Dan mentioned it was about more opportunities in employment, while John mentioned it was about the social promise that you will be taken care of by good hands (right). The list goes on and on.
You will often hear America referred to many times as the land of opportunity. To me, that is what the American Dream boils down to. Being an American means every single thing my friends said, and then some more. It means having the opportunity to realize your dreams, to do what you want and live the life you want.
As someone who has traveled A LOT, (including 40+ States within the USA), trust me when I say that no-where else will you find the infrastructure, the opportunity, the equality and the legal structure that you have in America to realize your dreams and live the life you want.
I didn’t write this because Obama paid me to advertise America on my blog, but he may soon have to. I don’t need to do that. The country speaks for itself. I realize that America is nowhere near perfect. It has its own issues like any other country, and BIG ones might I add.
I am not oblivious to that fact. But I also know that every place has its ups and downs, pros and cons, and to me I’d rather be on this side of the fence than the other at any given time.
I just thought I’d share my two cents on what the American Dream really means to me. As you can see, it means different things to different people. Maybe that is after all what the American Dream is.
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