In no version of the American Dream have I heard
anyone say that it was time to give up!!!!
I have heard or read thousands of stories about the American dream. Stories of immigrants passing through Ellis Island and trying to make the best of their opportunity here in America. Stories of American born citizens who struggled from meager upbringings to great prosperity by hard work and perseverance. Some went to collage, some went to war, and some went for it all. Even the stories that involved a not so happy ending, never had a single line about giving up, quitting, or walking away without giving it all that they had in an attempt to make a better life.
So, what happened? When did the American dream become something that most American could simply disregard as past rhetoric, not worth the time it takes to imagine? Ilook at my own family, most of which never even made it all the way through high-school and yet they constantly complain about their lives. And they like many others in America are simply not willing to get up off their ass and fight for a better life. Complaints will get you no closer to your goal than simply doing nothing at all.
I wonder all the time, what happened to the America that my grandparents told me about? Did it ever exist? Did we chase it off, or more likely just piss it away with our plague of apathy that now runs ramped throughout our great nation? Why are so many people content with just floating through life and never willing to lay anything on the line and fight for their spot in the spotlight?
Now, it seems that most people are content with allowing the government to take care of them and dictate what their lives will become. And in the mean time the government is content to keep taxing the rest of us who chasing the dream to death in order to pay for it all. America used to have so much more pride than that. While people in other countries are still chomping at the bit for the opportunity to get here and chase the dream themselves, it seems that the vast majority of those that were born here could care less.
It was by no mistake what so ever that this nation became the greatest on the planet. Those that came before us fought and died to make it that way. They would not settle for being OK or for just getting by, they had bigger and better plans. Plans to see this great nation at the top of the ladder and then build a larger ladder. This is the America that I wish to see. The America that won't back down and certainly won't give up. Quite simply the America that we deserve.
America is far more than just a country, it's an ideal. A state of mind and a home to freedom. But unfortunately many of us have imprisoned ourselves by the belief that we are entitled to great wealth simply by being born. That others are rich and should be punished for it. That we can never be as they are so we think there is something wrong with them. Some people are lucky enough to be born into money, but someone had to earn it before they were. And in the end that is the biggest problem of all, no one wants to earn success anymore. Everyone simply wants it to be handed to them and then blame the rest of the world when it isn't. Never in my life have I heard a version of the American Dream that involved just giving up.
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