A New American Dream – revisiting the definition?Posted: December 9, 2013
In 1931 John T. Adams defined the American Dream as “the dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” And somehow, the dream has become synonymous with owning a house – because a house is about security and stability and a base to come home to. Or at least that is how I think of it. But what is that dream for you? Is it paying off a crushing Student Loan Debt? Is it buying a home? Is it getting healthcare coverage? Is it owning a home? In the Sunday NY Times yesterday there is an article about Jacob Deng Mach, a refugee – one of the Lost Boys of Sudan – living in Atlanta who says “All I knew was that America was the greatest thing in the world. Nobody knew how people struggle in America.” The perception of the American Dream is alive and well in the world – and we still see examples of the American Dream in action (primarily in Silicon Valley these days). If you want to see a vision for a New American Dream, visit http://www.newdream.org. If that dream doesn’t work for you – what does? I’d love to hear from you – because at the base of the answer to each of these questions is the same value that John T. Adams wrote about: a sense of opportunity to achieve safety and stability.