American Dream?

There are always interesting conversations to be had in my math class. Like how the word gymnasium is actually from ancient Greek times and means room of nakedness. Or how somehow there is sexual innuendo from graphs…

math inuendo 

Or how the American dream is dying. This was the topic of choice today. To be honest I don’t even remember what role it played in my math teacher’s plan of teaching, but it got me thinking. What is the American dream? To work a job you hate so you can buy things you think you need? (Thank you Fight Club.)

This is a definition I got off of Wikipedia. (I don’t usually get my information from Wikipedia, but I thought this explained it rather well.

“The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. 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.[1] The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that "all men are created equal" and that they are "endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."[2]

I like that. “in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success.” It’s like saying we encourage you to try to make something of yourself, but you aren’t going to accomplish anything. It’s sad to realize but in today’s world you don’t get by with I know more or I know how to do this job, it’s I know this person.

And we wonder why our country doesn’t produce anything anymore. We are all incompetent. My generation alone is a generation raised by t.v. screens and the internet. Experience? Ha! You must be joking. There’s an app for that.

Sometimes I wish the story and plot of Fight Club would just happen. Force everyone to see how much they rely on technology and their “connections”. No one works their hardest to just live anymore. And no one tells someone everything about themselves (a side note. Something profound I said yesterday to my roommate.)


~ by alicechick on September 14, 2011.

2 Responses to “American Dream?”

  1. Google Ron Paul. He wants to start a revolution. The media hates him, but people love him . . .

    • Not exactly what I had in mind…I am saying more that we live for nothing now. Back when people came to America they came for reason. Now that we’re here we don’t have a dream anymore.

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