What is the American Dream?

The American Dream isn't a single dream that is shared with everyone. It is a dream that every individual American uses to drive themselves in everyday life and helps them find their purpose.

By Jonathan B. from Thomas Walker High School in Virginia

What Is The American Dream?

From fame and fortune to nice cars and fancy houses; these are the goals every American in the United States hopes and dreams for. Some Americans have begun life with their dreams already achieved and some have been born to work for everything they hope for. The question asked today isn’t about how someone would reach their dreams, it's about the dream itself. What exactly is the American Dream?

The American Dream is the idea that people can achieve whatever they wish and find their purpose in life. A quote by Bishop T.D. Jakes states, “If you can't find your purpose, find your passion. For passion will lead you to your purpose.” In the United States, citizens are free to do whatever they want, whenever they want. Someone wants to go to a college and be a doctor? They have the ability to do so if they have the commitment and work hard. According to Lawrence D. Samuel, Author of The Psychology of the American Dream, “Rather than just a powerful philosophy or ideology, the American Dream… is thoroughly woven into the fabric of everyday life. It plays a vital, active role in who we are, what we do, and why we do it.” Samuel states that the American Dream is an individual understanding of everyday life, or in my opinion, what drives every American in the United States. Americans can choose whether to continue what they are passionate about, or change their ideas and plans whenever need be. If a person decides that working in a factory isn't what they want to do, then they can achieve greater achievements due to the American Dream of reaching higher and finding purpose.

If you ever wonder, what is so great about the American Dream? Just ask first, what is YOUR dream? An individual has their own dream in America, their own passion, their own purpose. The United States has thrived due to every citizen having their own dreams and their own life choices. Without factory workers, people couldn’t drive their fancy cars, or become a doctor and achieve their own dream. Everyone has a purpose in life, and America is the place to find, pursue, and achieve your passion and your purpose in the giant planet we call home.

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