The American Dream: Life, Liberty and Freedom Essay

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The basic idea of the American Dream generally has stayed the same throughout time, although the majority of Americans seem to take the Dream for granted. The first settlers arrived to the New World in search of a treasure: life, liberty, and freedom. This treasure was and still is the American Dream. Now people from all over the world come to America in search of the same Dream; some even die trying. People were not as materialistic as people are now; they just wanted happiness. As time passed, people became more materialistic and began to take for granted what they were born with. For example, when my papa was a teenager he purchased his first car with cash. Everyone paid for almost everything they got with cash, not credit like they do …show more content…

Now hamburgers cost proximally fifty-nine cents and can be obtained from almost any fast food chain. As time changes, so do the wants of the people. Most people in their fifties and sixties want peace, love and happiness, this generation wants money, money and more money at almost any expense. It seems as if everything is centered on money and materialistic objects in one way or another. I have never actually thought about how old I was until about two weeks before Christmas. I was watching the afternoon news when a story about what little kids wanted for Christmas was on. I was astounded to see that children at the age of ten wanted pagers and cell phones. I could not imagine having a pager at only ten years old. But that is how times have changed.

As time changes so does technology. Medical advances have proved miracles, what once thought were deadly diseases, now are mere common colds. The American dream is easier to obtain thanks to increasing technology. Many people, who may have died in the forties with an incurable disease, are now living healthy lives thanks to a new drug or may be even an artificial heart. These technological advances change with time and knowledge. America, which is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world, is one of the reasons everyone refers to the phrase “the American Dream”. Diseases such as aids and cancer are no longer

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