Although the thought of the American dream inspires and encourages growth, it has become unrealistic and unachievable. The saddest part is that many Americans believe that that this ridiculous goal can be achieved. Americans who are craving for the American Dream should take a step back and appreciate what they have instead of coveting others' wealth.
In earlier days, the American Dream meant having a plot of land, having enough money to live comfortably, and having a job that would provide enough money to clothe and feed the family. People seldom expected to become rich and famous. Now, the American Dream has turned into greedy materialism. Many Americans think about how life would be as a millionaire with a yacht and a private jet. In the article, The American Dream Is Alive and Well...In Finland!, it is stated that, "Fewer than 1 percent of Americans are millionaires, but almost one in three believe they'll end up among that group at some point." This proves that many Americans believe in the very slim chance that they will achieve the modern day American Dream. Many Americans still believe in "rags to riches." This phrase might have applied in earlier times when "riches" were seen as a place to live and enough money to support the family, but modern day "riches" are now nearly impossible to reach.
Someone in class mentioned that the American Dream has split into two categories; the American Dream and the American goal. I agree with this statement. The American Dream standards were moved out of reach and a new category was formed. The American goal is a reasonable goal for many families of varied social and economic classes. My definition of the American goal is a safe home, a job that supports the family, enough money to pay the bills, etc. The American Goal allows families to live comfortably without being too materialistic or greedy. Many families strive for the American goal and I know that when I have a family, I will too. Seeking something that cannot be attained only leads to disappointment.
What is your American Dream or Goal?