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How can we revitalize the American Dream?

I just finished reading 2 articles
1. An editorial from NY Times on the "Crumbling American Dream"
2. A USA News Report on "Death of the American Dream"

After reading these articles and reviewing some talks, it was clear that choice tied to education and the economy played a major role.

How can we revitalize the American Dream and maybe help those that were passed over already?


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  • Aug 9 2013: The first question I have is, what IS the American dream? How do you define, quantify, or qualify that for a nation? While I couldn't possibly begin to define such a relative question as what is the American dream or how we revitalize it I think I could shed some light as to what is the demise of our slowly crumbling society.

    Men and women with integrity. This is what our nation, and our world for that matter, is lacking on a perpetual and increasingly steep downward spiral. Don't get me wrong, this is in no way a finger pointing rant. I would include myself, at times, to be as guilty as anyone else for contributing to this ailing epidemic. Why is the lack of integrity the case though?

    Our (worldwide) culture is selfish. We are self-serving. We lack the ability to love. We lack the ability to be others-centered. Revitalizing the American Dream, what ever that is, will require us to think beyond ourselves and to incorporate a way of thinking that reveals that the only way I can be at my best is if I'm helping others be at their best.
    • Aug 10 2013: To me the American dream is work hard, get a better life for your family, and setup your children for a better life than you had. You are right the dream is not a national dream but an individual dream.

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