• Systematic Injustice and Dissatisfaction

    I agree that The American dream is unattainable. Our nation is constricted with phantoms which loom in the way of people everywhere, limiting opportunities for many. This fact alone is supported by statistics revealed in our society today. Income has been dramatically redistributed to the wealthiest. From 1977-2000, only the top 40% of households gained in after-tax income. The bottom 20% lost 12% income, while the top 20% gained 38%, and the top 1% of the spectrum gained 120%. Americans are tolerating a catastrophic level of poverty. Those with easier access to wealth have a significant advantage in flourishing within our nation. Another key factor playing into the limitations of The American Dream is education. Education, especially within modern times, is a crucial element for success. College education has become much more expensive than it has been in the past, yet both federal and state governments have dramatically reduced support for higher education. Scholarships are often rewarding those who are already privileged. Aid packages and scholarships are aimed towards these students rather than having a system based on financial need. This systematic unfairness works towards a world divided between wealth and poverty, an obvious obstacle restricting Americans to reach their ultimate dreams. From the moment we’re young, we go to school while the idea of success is ingrained in our brains. But in the end, everyone loses. We’re told that if we work hard enough we’ll be satisfied with our ultimate goals even though, no matter who you are, there is a feeling of discontent. It all comes down to the envy of the wealthy versus the dissatisfaction with living a successful life. There is no measurement to depict which side of the scale is heavier. Either way, people will always strive to have more.

  • Greed and Denial

    The American Dream relates to contentment in one's life as well as being successful. For example, celebrities may have money but aren't happy; they crave more money, more friends, more publicity, more something. Though it sounds pessimistic, nobody can rightfully say they have achieved the ever-changing American Dream because it is never completed. That's part of the beauty of life.

  • It's as unattainable as winning the lottery

    Yes it is possible to achieve the American dream, although the way in which is achieved has nothing to do with what many believe. So many people think that if they study hard, work hard and are financially responsible that they have combined the three ingredients required to achieve the American dream. Wrong, the three ingredients required (although not exclusively) are, luck, placing profiteering about all other, and sometimes lineage. Some people eventually squeak through the cracks and achieve the dream, and they a praised as role models. People are told that that person somehow worked harder and longer than the average person. Not true. If success was based on hard work and motivation there would be a lot of millionaires out there.
    You are more likely to win the lottery than achieve the American dream. But a very small group of people sometimes do.

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