Many aspects of personal and social life of Americans point to advance in the American dream towards searching for parameters which really satisfy the people the best. While money was the pillar of American 20th century dream, happiness has been replacing the money since technology and Internet changes the human mind framing and the way in which the world enters the individual life.
Happiness does not mean money and money cannot make people happy. The most recent separation Douglas – Zeta-Jones, preceded by Cruise– Kidman and Cruise-Holmes divorces are among the best examples how children have been not able to stop the adults to search for happiness and to reshape their life after family failures.
Being the pillar, happiness has been changing the ambitions of Americans. It is not anymore important the number of 0s for salary depending on education, since statistics show that graduated from higher education have become regular candidates for professions which do not require special education. Then, it makes non-sense to believe that education will bring status and money. Education makes sense as way to develop yourself and to satisfy your ideals of happiness – in other words to develop as a sensitive intellectual (cp. American dream, online)
Americans of enculturated dream of happiness look more optimistic about the future since they have been rediscovering culture as way of advance and development. The so-called upward mobility (Putnam, 2013) makes sense if brings real culture and makes people happy, since it is not about becoming rich with money but rich with happiness. This is a paradigm which makes newly educated to decide to leave the USA and to search for other opportunities (Drayton, 2013). Young people like T. Drayton, without kinship roots in the USA, seem have been not spending enough time for enculturating love and happiness of relationship believing that education will bring everything. However, education itself is a materiality and not a live construct of satisfaction and happiness. Then, as many today believe – the dream has to be rebuilt (Rebuild the dream, online).
American dream (online). wikipedia.org
Drayton, T. (2013). Goodbye to my American dream
Linn, A. (2013). The state of the American Dream is uncertain. CNBC.com
Putnam, R. D. (2013). Crumbling American dreams.
Rebuild the dream (online). rebuildthedream.com