Money and Success: The Myth of Individual Opportunity
The American Dream is different for everyone, though it is most commonly associated with success, freedom, and happiness. The concept of the American Dream seems to have dwindled from where it was in the past few generations. It has gone from success, freedom, and happiness to having lots of money and the nicest possessions. In today society we all hope and strive for this dream, but how many actually achieve the American Dream? Is it a reasonable goal that Americans should strive for, or is it a myth that only leads to self-destruction? Having a lot of money, a good job, and expensive possessions are all characteristics of this American Dream. Even though, many Americans seek to achieve all of these material possessions, how many can say that they are truly happy, once they reach this goal?
There is no standardized description of being rich. Some people see money as the only way of measuring how prosperous one is, but is money the only way to achieve the American Dream? One can only have so much money. Even the richest of the rich arensatisfied with what they have, yet they strive to make more and more money in order to live up to their dream. No mater how rich or how much one owns there are always bigger and better things. In the story 밨agged Dick,?Horatio Alger writes about a young man뭩 progress from poor background that searches for wealth. In this story Dick has gone from rags to riches, immediately after his success he wants to move to a icer quarter of the city?(312). But will this move satisfy his wants? Even though Dick is moving to a better part of town, there will always be a place that even better than his.
Another characteristic of the American Dream is to have a high paying job with health benefits and stock options. In today high tech society we are seeing more and more people advancing to higher positions because of the never-ending advances in technology. Standards in the workforce will never be reached because there is...