The American Dream as generally defined is the idea of working one’s way up the ladder of life. It is the idea that an American can start with nothing or an immigrant can come here with nothing and with some hard work and determination, can have all the things he/she ever wanted. The American dream began as Horatio Alger story and ends up meaning suburbanites driving in their Lexus’s from their mansions. What this means is that while immigrants came here for the “rags to riches” story, as we became acculturated, we began to want more and more.
Making a good living was no longer enough, and the disease of “affluenza” took over, of never knowing when enough is enough. Now, we don’t just need….