Look Deeper Than the Mirror Essay

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In the early 1930’s James Truslow Adams defined the American Dream as, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. His quote alone speaks about individualism, and nowhere is it written that you can’t be your own person. The meaning of the “American Dream” has changed drastically over time due to history and personal opinions; it has almost become a cliché. Embellished by these thoughts we fare to complement one another, in our eyes every day is a new awaking to competition. You would think we're all fighting for the same thing, survival, but we have different ways to achieve it. Whether it's legal or illegally we walk down individual paths on a journey called…show more content…
This is where influences are either acknowledged and enforced or frowned upon. These influences have affected our culture tremendously, especially since society is prone to technology. In the article, “Never too Buff” by John Cloud, he gives the example of the G.I Joe action figure going from scrawny to extreme in just 8 years. Young boys idealize what they see in their real or fairytale hero's, and often want to be just like them. Children are growing up too fast and are often manipulated by the influence of an individual they decide to follow, but many times we don’t lead by example. They seek out sources to become someone their not but inspire to be, and sad to say but some of these sources are steroids, anorexia, and in some cases obesity. People come in all shapes and sizes and shouldn't be discriminated against for not looking the way someone wants you to look. The article “Weight of the World” by Niranjana Iyer, she spoke about how in the American culture she's too big to be considered average and her becoming a statistic like the average American lead her to the gym for the first time where she experienced major pain. Meanwhile in her culture she's use to seeing thick full figured woman because they’re accepted. Acceptance is the key to great confidence and self-worth. We all had a hard time accepting ourselves at some point and I believe it’s because we carry around this questioning thought “will they
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