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America’s big dream

Apr 19,2018 - Last updated at Apr 19,2018

Death of a Salesman, a 1949 play written by the American playwright Arthur Miller, recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, reflects, among other things, America's pursuit of a central, historically distinctive “dream”, and it may serve as a starting point for the sake of the following discussion.

In this play, we see different American characters follow their own versions of that dream. Willy Loman, for instance, has high confidence in the promise of the American Dream this way that a trendy and personally eye-catching man in business will undoubtedly and justifiably acquire the material reliefs offered by the modernity of the American life. Incongruously, his fascination with the shallow merits of prettiness and congeniality is at odds with a more realistic, more gratifying understanding of the American Dream. Willy’s version of amiability is artificial. His visionless belief in an underdeveloped version of the American Dream eventually leads to an inner failure as he fails to realise the difference between the “dream” and his own life.

The American Dream, as a term, is basically a concept, which suggests that anyone who lives in the US can prosper through diligence and can have the ability to lead a blissful, profitable life. Some, however, have extended and honed the term to include such ideas as freedom of thought, speech, belief and contentment, including constructive human interactions. Those Americans who accomplish their form of the American Dream are considered to actually be “living the dream”. Others, however, consider instances of inequality pertinent to class, colour, religion and ethnic group(s), which imply that the so-called American Dream may not seemingly be manageable for everybody.

When immigrants had high expectations and desires for what was a new found land, mainly an unexplored world to the European new comers, their dreams, in turn, were largely concerned with possessing land and starting affluent businesses, a fact that would boost their delight and prosperity. And American men of letters of that time often chose to write about the prevailing American Dream, thus categorising the perception and entrenching it in the new American community.

During the 1930’s Great Depression, albeit, the big US dream was, for most Americans, often interpreted as being entirely ordinary! Rather than being grounded in great fortune or success, this version of the American Dream was, in a way, focused on avoiding such misfortunes as neediness and lonesomeness. And the new American hope among many Americans was focused on one thing: leading a happy life, because, from a historical standpoint, many of them fled extremely hard conditions in their native countries.

The perfectionistic view of the American dream tends to ignore bias and prejudice based on the individual’s colour, ethnicity, faith, gender and nationality, which might impede one’s capability to accomplish certain objectives. For that reason, several forms of the US success dream liken prosperity to contentment, and this way contentment becomes attainable without wealth, even in poverty. While some, on the other hand, argue that the big dream might, more or less, be more of individual accomplishment than economic, financial, social, intellectual and cultural prosperity.

Let’s hope that America will always represent common human aspirations to enjoy a worthier life in all parts of the world than is currently the practice! To use the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., from his famous speech delivered on August 28, 1963, at the Lincoln Memorial, we “have a dream” too to live in peace and relish the values of justice!

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Mandatory summer communism, marxism, and socialism danger awareness courses, no homework, in high school showing and telling the literal outcomes to prevent discovery waste in college and years beyond, but taught in a way such that healthy non-violent labor and civil rights movements aren’t skewed or shown in a negative light, or included with the danger awareness alertings, with examples of mass death and destruction resultant of malaise literature regulation and judicial procedure (WWI, WWII, etc.)

Don’t come to America if you wanna relish in the poetic life of a poor impoverished feeble sheepherder. America is about money, gains, possessions, Capitalism, grenades, automatic rifles, and bump stocks, not green hills and poetic pages. Don’t like it, don’t come. We don’t have time for communism and socialism wasters.

The American dream means different things to different people, it isn't only about accruing material wealth, it isn't about getting a higher level of education, it isn't about earning higher salaries. It is about you and me and she and them and what do they want to do with their lives.The wide variety of opportunities that are present in America are not found anywhere else in the world.The freedom of choice is considered one of the main tents of the American dream.People ask me why do I love living in the United States? I say it is the choices that are present in the United States & can't be found anywhere else are the main reason.

It is up to the individuals themselves to make whatever choice they want to make, and when the choice turns out to be a bad one they have no one to blame but themselves. Why? Because it is they who made the choice in the first place, the parents don't make choices for their children in here, the teachers, the doctor, the lawyer, or your next door neighbour don't make choices for you, it is you who make a choice for yourself.

If you don't like your present job, quit and look for another job somewhere else, the opportunity is there for you, you just have to look for it and it isn't too much to ask for.

If you don't like living in this part of the town, then pick up your stuff and move to whatever part of the town that suits your need, you need not be stuck living in the same place or same neighbourhood for the rest of your life.

If you don't like your appearance change it, either by changing the way you dress, the way you style your hair, or you can even change your entire facial expressions if you really want to do that.

If you don't like your car then sell it and buy another car with another model and more horsepower to it, you need not stay stuck with the same car forever.

I mean all of these are just samples to give you an idea about the wide variety of choices that exist in America, they are by no means representative of every choice but I'm sure that you get the jest of it.

It is very nice in my opinion to be able to decide for yourself, it gives you a sense of empowerment, a feeling of boldness, and when the choice turns out to be great you feel the ecstasy emanating out of you. By the same token when your choice turns out to be bad you feel the agony of defeat, but still, it isn't so bad because it was you who made those good and bad choices in the first place.

I recently made a choice to be involved in the lives of the gifted and academically enriched children ages 11 to 14, and what an exciting experience it turned out to be, those gifted children have a lot of talents hidden underneath their sleeves, you be surprised how much of cognitive skills they have, sometimes they keep me on my toes throughout the period that I spend with them.

This is by the way totally volunteer program aims at helping to further the knowledge and depth of abstract reasoning for children in sixth through eighth grade.

Some people may have a choice of working with senior citizens, some may choose to work with people that are physically and mentally challenged, some people choose to do nothing and live their life without doing any paid or unpaid work, the choice is still yours.

In America the choices are endless, the menu of choices is so long it could be wrapped around the entire globe several times and there would still be more choices written on it for you to choose from.

Endless choices

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