“People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error.” Florence King
The American Dream…what can I say about it? I too have aspired to seek out my own white picket fence….a good education, decent job…car and kids. Though it came later in my life it came.
Just because you live in the USA doesn’t mean everything is going to be handed to you on a sliver platter. You have to work for what you want. Unless you are born with a silver spoon in your mouth (and face it most people here aren’t) you have to develop a skill, talent…something to meet your needs.
There are individuals who dream about this….heads in the clouds. Then you look at “their reality” and it isn’t pretty.
There are people out there who live day-to-day–no thought of tomorrow. It’s difficult for me to fathom me living in this manner but there are plenty of people who do here, and overseas.
Where you start in life shouldn’t determine how high you climb–albeit depending on the types of skills you have. And with the American Dream in jeopardy with our government borrowing more money from overseas, manufacturing jobs at a loss….well…seems we are in the middle of a nightmare instead.
There’s a new normal for many American families. The times, well…they are a’changin’
“The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.”
–Historian and writer James Truslow Adams in his 1931 book Epic of America.