The Secret of The American Dream
How Media Stole The American Dream
The REAL American Dream Revealed
As Americans we speak often of living the American Dream. But we are finding that Hollywood and the media are painting an American dream that is quite different from reality. They are distorting the truth and blinding us to the real secret to living the American dream.
What is the true American Dream?
There are various definitions of the American dream. To understand the real allure of America, we have to turn to our founding fathers and recall the principles upon which this country was founded.
The Original Dream
The original understanding of the American Dream is aptly paraphrased in a quote from the Declaration of Independence.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
This was the original American dream – the God-given freedom to live and direct our individual lives in the way that makes us the happiest. That’s the dream.
But the media directs us to their dream of endless consumerism by the masses, which lines their pockets, gives them power and sets them up as the moral authority on what’s good for us. We’re told that their stuff is good for us and that we don’t know what’s in our own best interest.
Living the American dream is really about liberating the human spirit to achieve grand and inspiring destinies – destinies that are honorable, helpful to society and are truly worthy of our time and effort.
The real American dream is being disguised and hidden by Hollywood and the greater media establishment.
They program us to believe that the highest and most satisfying American experience is to amass wealth, fame, power and prestige.
It’s a lie they perpetuate to influence us into buying brand name and luxury products that benefit their bottom line.
Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We really just want to be free to pursue the life that makes us happy. Plumber, golfer, rancher, ballerina, author or linguist – each has a specific talent, gift, desire or dream they wish to fulfill.
The American dream is really about doing what we love to do.
The notion that the American dream is about riches, fancy cars, fur coats, and enormous mansions is artificial. It’s not real.
Historically, Americans based our values on the family, God and moral considerations relating to physical, social, spiritual, and mental matters.
We considered crime, literacy, poverty, education and life expectancy to be great societal issues that communities come together to improve.
Our focus as Americans used to be on the plight of the individual and how to help each person become his or her best self.
We did not obsess about a person’s net worth. That’s the real secret of the American dream.
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The American dream is not about having stuff.
It’s about having opportunity
~ Dan Salva