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The American Dream: Has the American Dream evolved with the times?

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Formally, the American Dream is all about life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To put it in layman’s terms, the American Dream is about having a good family, a good job, a nice house and being able to do just about anything you set your mind to accomplish. Is that still the dream?

There used to be few government rules or taxes to hinder your dream of owning your own business. Families were close and parents taught their children how to be respectable and dignified members of their community. You worked hard for your weekly wages and didn't spend more money than you had in the bank. Where did those days go?

CNN reports these interesting statistics on America’s view of the American dream:

  • 59% believe the American dream is non achievable
  • 63% believe that kids won’t be better off than parents
  • 54% believe they are better off than their own parents

What has the American Dream evolved to in the present day? Is it achieved when you pay off all the college loans and credit card debt? How about when your car and home is paid in full? Is it when your boss tells you that your hard work is paying off?

"I can’t give you a raise, but you work hard so you can keep your job!"

In today’s society, achievement seems to mean different things to different people. While some people dream of boats and vacations, others are simply dreaming about providing a good life for their family.

The American Dream is still out there. It might not be the white picket fence anymore, but it’s still a dream people wish reach to attain. The important aspect to remember is that reaching the American Dream is a noble goal; however it's the journey along the way that will always make it worthwhile.

Here are a few nuggets to ponder and share in the comments section:

  • What do you think the American Dream entails?
  • Is it still attainable?
  • Does it still exist?
  • Do your children understand what the American Dream is and what a privilege that dream was to our parents and grandparents?

Leave a comment and tell us what you think about the American Dreams of the past, present and future.

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