From the birth of America, to America today, the driving force and the heart of America has always been the "American Dream." The "American Dream" is a goal for the majority of people who live in the realms of the Americanized world. I believe that the "American Dream" is controlling my own destiny, becoming successful, and living free. Examples of this dream are things like television, automobiles, supermarkets, malls, Internet, planes, trains, etc. The "American Dream" is success, freedom, and being able to control your own destiny. Becoming successful has been the dreams of many people of the past and present and I think that it is one the most important things that a person must accomplish. Anyone and everyone can develop into a successful person, permitting that the person believes in the dream.
Like an old English teacher once told me, "Success is a journey not a destination" and the "American Dream" supports this quote. There is no limit to what you can accomplish in America and becoming successful is part of the ultimate dream. The ability to be free made this country into the melting pot it is today and that ability still brings many immigrants who believe in the "American Dream" to the country. Today freedom is often overlooked because all of us are use to it, but in many countries freedom is just the "American Dream." The ability to say what we feel and protest injustice is imperative and should not be overlook as part of the "American Dream." Freedom is a reality because people believe in the "American Dream." Controlling one's own destiny is the last essential part of the "American Dream." Like freedom, this significant part is often disregarded as not being part of the dream, but it should be recognized because it is rare in the world. In most countries a person is told by the government what they will become or are born into a cast system where they are stuck there till death. In America we could be born into a low-income family and excel to great fortunes, but the system also works the other way.
The "American Dream" allow people to control their own destiny. The "American Dream" is success, freedom, and being able to control your own destiny. We may complain about the economy. We may complain about our government or our President but in how many other countries is the press free to report the leaders indiscretions. We have so much and yet we complain so much; actually I think it is the ability to complain that makes America great. The "American Dream" is what makes us so special and it is this very dream that is the very essence of America.
What is the American dream? Surely it is different for everyone, but it consists of the ability to be successful, free, and control our own destiny.