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Life, Liberty, And The Pursuit Of Happiness

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Our place in the economy is the basis for our place in society. In America, we know that not all men are created equal. The belief that everyone can reach the American Dream with the right attitude is not rational. The wages in America are not as high as they are portrayed. Some people’s beliefs and life choices can affect their place in society. What can we do to change the inequality issues of America?
In America, we know that not all men are created equal. The Declaration of Independence states one of the most famous quotes known to man “All men are created equal”, and that we have the rights to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”. In the past, this was a realistic assumption. While all men are generally created equally, they are not all created into an equal environment. Some people are born into royalty with all of the luxuries that exist, while others are born into a bad neighborhood with little to no money. Some people can ease life away in their palace, and ride around in their private jet, while others have to slave away to try to make ends meet. If you were born into a WASP community, you would have the belief that the Declaration of Independence was correctly written. WASPS are born with upper class houses, cars, clothes, friends, and hobbies. They were given all of these things just because of who they are related to. The way that they are raised causes them to believe that they are the normal ones, and that everyone else is just jealous of their natural place in life. If you were born into a lower class family with no money, no food, and scarce job opportunity, you would think differently than the WASP community. You would have to work day and night just to attempt to feed yourself and your family. As Barbara Ehrenreich stated, some people don’t realize that “when you start selling your time by the hour is that what you’re really selling is your life,” (Ehrenreich).
The belief that everyone can reach the American Dream with the right attitude is irrational. As one article states about a woman named Tammy Crabtree, “Although she's off welfare after 18 years, her job cleaning bathrooms at a local Burger King requires her to walk ten miles a day to and from work,” (“Tammy’s Story”). That shows direct dedication, and a genuinely good attitude about her job. You see news stories about one person going from the streets to a multi-million dollar mansion, but what about the other people in the world who don’t have that chance? Even though they have it in their hearts that they want to get somewhere in life and succeed, it won’t happen until they get out of the never ending pile of bills and get an education. If having a successful life was all about having the right motivation and attitude, no one would be poor.
The wages in America are not as high as they are portrayed. Some workers barely make enough to even buy a uniform from their employer. Waitresses in America rely completely on tips. In...

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