Defining the American Dream and the American Way of Life
Among most, the American Dream is equally as similar as it is different. The most common aspects are; a home of your own, 3.5 children, 2 cars, and enough disposable income to afford a modest degree of entertainment and a retirement savings account. The path we take to get there is the very definition of the American Way of Life, mostly hard work and the freedom to achieve the AD to whatever level we choose. Yes mistakes are made and adversity may rear its ugly head, but the desire to do what’s right and overcome is what sets us apart from the rest of the world.
As an American I am proud. I have my American Dream and I live the American Way of Life. For this I have no regrets, no shame. I have made mistakes and overcome adversity and I would never give up my freedom to do so. Like most I would try to set a positive image and show a good example through my actions and try to teach the values and the path to freedom and liberty paved for us by our founders. I know that goodness comes through faith, to respect and defend the rights of others, and that truth is found through question.
When you look at how I’ve defined these and if you have ever traveled outside the US and have actually observed the natives of the countries of your travels you may conclude that their personal “Dream” is not much different. It would then be easy to figure out why many around the world would love to migrate to our US of A. The primary piece missing in their homelands is the “freedom to achieve the ‘Dream’ to whatever level they choose”.
We are continuously told that Americans are hated for our way of life, our freedom and liberty. This is categorically false. In fact, these are the very things that they admire and have inspired an American Dream of their own. That Dream would be that we, America as a whole, would somehow fix their government and make it like ours. The misunderstanding they bear is that freedom is not a gift given, but it’s a right fought for.
A common mistake we as people make worldwide is to identify a nations’ people by the actions of its government. Typically that mistake is guided by propaganda in media designed to plant a desired outcome of public opinion. More often than not in todays’ day and age it involves some form of military action. Are the actions of our government around the world representing you as a person, us as a people, the way that you/we would like to be represented? Some Americans would hope for more ‘action’, and some would pray for less, what do you suppose the people of these countries in turmoil pray for?
We are still confronted today with heinous acts of terror originating from groups in the Middle East. We are told that these acts are because they hate Americans and the American Way of Life. These current atrocities being committed however are not exclusively against Americans. As we have seen in the news, innocent victims are being slaughtered from a wide variety of countries. The terrorists are trying to justify their actions with their faith, Islam, even as they murder innocents within their own faith.
I question the motives of these events. On the surface without the mainstream narrative they make no sense at all. Who and why is the “world pot” being stirred? What is the objective? I do not believe that they’re fighting for freedom from the US, do you? If so, what are we doing to them? Are we to believe that a populous exists with a 5th century mentality but are able to run an oil business, a bank, and form a government using twitter and high tech videos on the internet? Seeking revenge for the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, and Slavery in the US? Really?
I think that if we look at history many of the answers to these questions can be found, and I think that we can all agree that it must be stopped. I also encourage those in the rest of the world to adapt the founding principles of America as their own. Don’t always make the assumption that a government fairly represents and defines its people. Recognize the mistakes and the solutions laid out in front of you, and with goodness, respect, and truth, fight for the freedom and liberty that you desire.
Affirm your freedoms as an unbound man, cut the air, forceful and clear, let the world listen and truth never stop.
freeman lomax III