The American Dream
The term originates from a historical treatise by James Adams, in which he spoke of the American Dream as a whole and wealthy country where everyone gets what they deserve. In other words, it is hard, honest work, the result of which is material wealth. Bill Gates is considered the best example of the ideal of the American spirit – having climbed the career ladder having accumulated an impressive fortune; he now invests in education and science in America and the fight against diseases around the world.
The American Dream Today
The American Dream is often described as the spiritual strength of a nation, which implies community cohesion and action towards shared prosperity. Today, due to widespread unrest associated with racial discrimination and political upheaval, the unity of society is under threat. The national aspect of the Dream implies respect for a person’s personality, regardless of his social role or belonging to minorities. Challenging national situations call for a collective effort, which requires a relationship built on trust and mutual recognition.
However, more and more often today, the American Dream is reduced to a good position in a large company, having a house and a car. Sometimes citizens get into loans and debts to get them, but this way is contrary to the very essence of the Dream. Work is not only about doing your day-to-day office duties. Your own home is the result of labor, not a mortgage. The American Dream does not mean becoming a multimillionaire; it means having the prospect of taking a step further, higher and better every second time. As long as there is an opportunity for choice and career growth, as long as people have a sense of open doors and confidence, the American dream is alive (Abrams, 2019). The most beautiful thing in it is the path traveled by a person, his experience, but not the result.
Abrams, S. J. (2019). The American Dream Is Alive and Well. The New York Times, 27.