The American Dream is Dead
To say the American Dream is Dead couldn’t be more true. The American people as a whole are ignorant. They grow up believing that there is a perfect lifestyle in which they will get once they get older and “pay their dues”. Unfortunately this is very far from wrong, the system is corrupt and is against anyone who thinks this way. Simply put, there is no American dream.
What many fail to realize, is the extend how our country has evolved. Yes, we have been going through many ups and downs. But at what time did the American Dream become a false reality? For us, as millennials, it will be nearly impossible for millions to retire by 60. Why?
What is the American Dream?
What is it? The American Dream, at least as I knew it was where you would live an ideal life, work a 9-5 job, have a house with a white picket fence, a yard, car, and a dog. More in a modern sense, it is getting rich and famous, owning a huge house, fancy car, having all the fanciest clothes and things. This is why it had been dying but not why it is dead. People are greedy, they want more and more, and forget to appreciate the simple life they have. Some people don’t even have their lives anymore, and yet so many people take theirs for granted.
Student Loans May just have Caused the Death
Pop culture can be given much of the credit due to the skewing of the American dream. Since the people are influenced by anything and everything, they will believe any message conveyed to them. Music and film are the main mediums where this is, but a huge culprit is the news and daytime television. Also, unfortunately people are losing their individualism, which is leading to them falling more into this hole in which you cannot escape, you just aren’t you anymore once you’ve given in.
One of the biggest examples I can give you is simply the average student loan debt.
Did you know? The Average Graduating Student Loan Debt for Underclassman is $37,172 in 2016 up 6% From last year.
Oh and if that wasn’t painful enough in total Americans Owe $1.7 Trillion dollars in student loan debt alone.
Pretty daunting right?
This is one of the many small indicators that are working against us. The big notion is to go to college get a degree and find a good job. Unfortunately, even finding a job with a degree is hard. Lets say you do get that good job, that pays say $40,000 a year. Even at that, you are paying more than likely 7-11% Interest on your student loans, plus living expenses, and any attempt to save might be out of the question period.
The odds definitely aren’t in our favor from there. In a system which is driven by money, even $40,000 a year (which isn’t a lot in retrospect) won’t get us that house with the tire swing and a dog, less even a retirement plan.
The Gap Between Rich and Poor
But a big question is why do I say it is dead? Well, the system in general is against us. The gap between rich and poor is expanding exponentially each and every day. The odds are not in the average person’s favor. People are working until they are 60+ years old and barely being able to retire, and with that work, most aren’t in executive type jobs. For the small business owner, you have huge corporations that are destroying your chances to even provide for your family. So why is it dead? Opening you eyes will show you.
Lets put this one in Perspective for a second.
The wealthiest individuals in the US have a median net worth of $650,000 where the Middle Class has $98,000 and the lower class has $9,000 of total net worth (According to PewResearchCenter).
This staggering amount not only puts it into perspective, it is extremely shocking. Oh and did I mention this gap has been growing? The gap between the Upper and Middle classes has been growing at around 6% per year, leaving that shock to our system, even in more shock.
So given this HUGE gap that is growing even further, again the odds of the average Joe achieving the american dream, are extremely unlikely.
Reviving the American Dream for the People
Is there really an answer to this?
Well, the biggest thing we have to think about is trying to break through the trend. Yes, we can settle for that 9-5 $40,000 a year job, or we can open a business and pursue our dream. Small businesses are a very risky thing of course, but what if that meant truly living your american dream?
Big government is always the first go to cop out when it comes to changes. But in the end, yes they can do however many policy changes, but even if there was a policy change, or a law put into effect, what are you doing to take advantage of that? Yes there will always be a sort of fear, but in the end we are given one life. We have to life the way we want, and most importantly revive the American Dream which has been so promised, and so real for people coming into the USA. Why not stand by our word, and live up to the name The Land of Opportunity.
People have to stand up, to realize that something is wrong. With this election (being quite possibly the worst election/selection of candidates’ ever.) we have to fight for the people. No matter who is in office no one will ever fight for you, unless you do. The people are for the people, we have a choice to change. The change must happen!