Derived from the pragmatic desire and weaved with the aspiration of millions of poor the American Dream is the quintessence of every citizen who can proudly call himself an American. Nevertheless, it implies its own inimitable and unique meaning for each of us. To some it means prosperity, while to the other – personal freedom; there are those among us who consider the American Dream being the cognitive state of incessant opportunities. However, it has one particular common trait – it is hard to come by. It was justly said, “… were everyone to do it, it wouldn’t be a dream but would rather be reality” (Fulton n.d.).
The Founding Fathers merely identified the principles of the American Dream – dug through the riverbed in a manner of speaking – but it had been entrusted on the will of the nation to run this river. Since years “sank to grief” (Frost 2003) the nation did just that – reconsidering and re-examining the Dream in search of happiness.
Perhaps too many sociological studies of the past decade have been attempting to penetrate the substance of happiness. Thus, why do we have to delve in the matter that is so intuitively obvious? The only possible answer is that we feel unhappy. Have the foundations of the American Dream capitalized our souls? On the other hand, can it be that principals embedded in these foundations do not meet the nation’s demand anymore?
Regardless of the reason, something should be done to amend the situation. Happiness can be achieved by productive work, by excelling expectations; by hard toil that shows our true potential and guides us to the stars. A Latin phrase claims, “Per Aspera ad Astra” – “A rough road leads to the stars.”
Therefore, the above statement is what the big American Dream is all about.
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