"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."
- Henry David Thoreau
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The American Dream
There is no such thing as The American Dream, at least not the way in which it is generally conceptualized and frequently used today. I don't particularly care for the cookie-cutter definition people (especially public figures) often ascribe to it: owning a home, having two-point-whatever kids, making a lot of money, yada yada yada, blah blah blah. It is spoken of as if it is one commonly accepted dream, one right path to be pursued. I find it sterile and restricting.
My definition of American Dream: the freedom and ability to pursue whatever dream you want, even if it's different, weird, atypical, or outside the confines of the social or cultural majority. It's the freedom to dream your own dream.