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Is the American Dream Possible if you're not famous?

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Started: 4/29/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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The ultimate achievement in America"s society, throughout many years, has been having " The American Dream". No matter what the customs are at the time, achieving The American dream has always been a goal of the average American. The American dream is the idea that any American can achieve success and financial stability through hard work. As time goes on and as more items get more expensive the American Dream seems to be less possible. Nowadays it seems that the average job won"t allow a person to achieve the American dream. On TV we only see the celebrities, athletes, and Wall street workers gaining success. The American dream is not just about being financially secure but also being able to work and have a family. Statistics show that the wellness of families have decreased over the years. This leads me to ask the question: with the way our modern society works can one still achieve the American Dream? The American dream is possible but it is a lot harder in our culture today.
In our society the higher a product cost, the more luxurious and exclusive it is; as products and services become more and more expensive the American dream becomes less realistic. One prime example of a product experiencing inflation is gas being raised. In 1995 the average price per gas on the gallon was $1.11, and just 10 years later in 2005 it was $2.27. The price increased by $1.16 over just 10 years, and in 2014 the price increased to $3.36.(Statista) One service that"s price is increasing by large amounts is college. College costs have skyrocketed over the past years. In 2000 the average cost for private non-profit colleges was $30,692 this year it is $42,419.(The College Board) With the high prices that these colleges charge, less high school graduates attend college. (Norris) Statistics show having a college degree increases your chances of getting a good job. Without a good paying job, financial stability is not as achievable ( as someone with a good paying job). These statistics show how the inflation of products and services in America decrease the possibility of achieving the American dream.
The American dream is not only about achieving success and attaining financial stability but also maintaining a stable family at home. As prices on products and services increase the wellness of American families decrease. From the baby booming period(1946-1964) the average amount of people in a household has gone down from 3.33 to 2.54 people.(statista) Although the decrease is not a lot you can see that the number is only going down. The amount of people in households might be staying close but the wellness of these families is terrible. Almost 35.4 % of people in households in America are on Welfare(Jeffreys). The average household income is steadily rising but because of the rising prices of products and services the increase has no true impact. Without the wellness of families in America the idea of the American dream becomes more improbable.
In our modern society the only type of success one is constantly exposed to is the type gained by fame. Nowadays we only see celebrities or Wall Street workers gaining success and financial stability. This brings up the question: is the American dream achievable without fame? The average salary for an American worker was $44,888 in 2013( but for a NBA player it was $5,000,000(davidson). It does not take 5 million dollars to be financially stable but 5 million could easily last a substantial amount of someone"s life. For good private schools like Birch Wathen Lenox $44,888 would only pay one year"s tuition. Today the only way one hears of an average American worker making a lot of money is through a get rich quick scheme or through a good business idea. In America"s past, people were able to achieve the American dream through small jobs. My Grandma was an elementary school teacher and my Grandpa was a photographer but yet from 1940-1960 they were able to raise 7 children. Now even a well off doctor can be struggling to pay all his bills. With all the information we know about today"s society, the American dream does not seem to be possible without fame or glory.
So many statistics show that today, the American dream is not as possible as it once was. The goal of achieving financial stability, success in life, and a well maintained maintained family is almost impossible in our society. The inflation of products and services causes people to spend more money in their daily lives. When people have to spend a lot of money on their daily needs they spend less on their family needs. One family need thats suffers because of the inflation of products and services is an education. Without a $100,000+ dollar salary the American dream is not realistic. With prices rising, family wellness going down, and people not making a lot of money the American dream seems less accomplishable.


I would like to thank the initiator of this debate for his/her arguments regarding the american dream and the "requirements" that will have to be met in order for this to be achieved. Before i continue with my arguments i would like to pick apart the title of this debate as well as what it all means in the hope that the Pro will see that the title is self-explanatory as well as result driven.

Definition "American Dream": the ideal that every US citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative.

To formulate my interrogatory statement on the biased title "Is the American Dream Possible if you're not famous?" depicts a redundant statement does it not? Here is why:

-If the individual is "Famous" as the title dictates, then the individual is already living the "American Dream"; therefore, this debate is self-explanatory only from the title perspective.

- If the individual is not famous (striving towards achieving his/her/its American Dream) then that dream can be achieved only if the individual follows or abides to the definition of the American Dream. Therefore fame will not play a factor in achieving that goal.

-Another definition that should be kept in mind is the one of the word "Dream" (a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep). In essence we are all living the american dream since it is composed of feelings and sensations perceived/created by our brain. Since the UN protects/promotes the freedom of thought this further enforces the statement that we are all living the dream (just in a different reality).

I hope i didn't jump to philosophy now hehe.
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Debate Round No. 2
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Posted by rayhaan779 1 year ago
Ever read 'Of Mice and Men'...
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 1 year ago
The American Dream *is* possible... It is called a dream for a reason. "Living it" is maybe a little harder, but it is still possible. Con has an easy win.
Posted by lord_megatron 1 year ago
I am not an American, so i am not taking this up. But if the prices have gone up, there must be profit in the business sector, and although the company is famous the men behind it aren't so. So, it is possible to live the dream without fame.
Posted by Himans45 1 year ago
It's quite possible, although it may be more difficult. All con needs to do is show one instance of a non famous family "living the American Dream"

Posted by I-Am-Me 1 year ago
I agree with pro
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 1 year ago
Oh, nvm, I though you were referring to my comment.
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 1 year ago
*your. It is the possessive form.
Posted by ColeTrain 1 year ago
Posted by The-Voice-of-Truth 1 year ago
Change your stance to Pro to fit your arguments.
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