Sunday, October 19, 2008

The American Dream....?

I have a question. I hope that you will all share with me your honest opinions. It's not politically driven. I'm not relating this to anything having to do with the upcoming presidential elections. I just want to pick your brain....

In this world that we live in today, do you believe that it is possible to still hold on to the idea of the "American Dream"? Or do you think that the downturn of the economy (for the past few years actually) is causing more and more people to reevaluate what they actually think the American Dream really is?

Has your idea of the American Dream become something unobtainable? What are your 'goals' involved in obtaining the American Dream? Check my comments - I'll share my opinions there.

Hope you're having a great and relaxing Sunday in your corner of our universe. Be blessed...and be a blessing!


The Momster said...

I think that, with the present state of the economy, people are having to readjust their idea of the "American Dream". With paying as much as $4.00 for a gallon of gas at times, it seems hard to believe that all dreams are possible when the economy works against us in this way.
My idea of the American Dream would be a home, no debt, and retirement. Good medical and dental care (insurance), to be able to afford the college of The Doodlebug's choice, to live comfortably in our golden years. I think that the current crunch is making this harder for so many people because EVERYTHING goes up when gas goes up around here.
I think that jobs are harder to find and that the essentials to live on are becoming extremely expensive. Milk has gone up. So has bread...and gas prices are unreal. I'd be happy to pay $2.00 a gallon, but I'm beginning to think we'll never see that again!

Sheila said...

Love the 'in your corner of the universe'!

Okay, the American Dream. I think there's a false sense of what that means. Or what is used to mean.

In my earlier post 'Rise & Fall of Our American Dream', I layed out my despair and dissappointment.

In short, I'll say the dream is attainable, but will take longer to get there. And what's waiting in the end maybe won't be the dream of dreams past, but the reality of the present.

I think we're all in a big giant heap of trouble. I think it will be a long time to recoup. And I think the american dream is now for our children to dream, for our dream as adults is to help secure the dreams of their future.

McEwens said...

I think you need to define the American Dream... is it material? and an accumulation of "things"? or a state of mind? State of feeling like a united family?

The Source said...

The American Dream. Owning a home and having a little money put away? Yes, it's still possible. But think about it. Our grandparents SAVED their money and purchased modest sized homes. They bought reliable vehicles and in a lot of cases, a family only had one car. They didn't expect to have a 3,000 square foot home with no money down and an affordable payment, with bad credit history, no money in the bank, two gas guzzlers and $20,000 in credit card debt. And their kids weren't entitled to be given a cell phone and a car at 16. If they wanted to drive, they got a job and earned the money. What a concept. Being responsible for yourself. Actually working and saving. Buying what you need, not what you want. Not handing kids the latest gadgets so they won't feel bad when the neighbor has one and they don't. We have friends who won't be able to afford their homes once their ARM loans jump up, but they're still buying the tweens $150 shoes and eating out on the credit card every night. The American Dream is still possible, but what happened to common sense?

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