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American Dream - Yeiser 1 Aubree Yeiser 11 September 2009...

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Aubree Yeiser 11 September 2009 Assignment 1 An Evolving American Dream The American Dream is ever changing and full of life. As we grow up, our values, desires, needs, and expectations change. The dreams of a five year old are going to greatly differ from those of a teenager, adult, or elderly person. One’s sense of importance changes drastically over the years, which alters how a person thinks of him or herself as well as what they expect of their surroundings. It may seem an obvious notion, that one’s dream evolves as one ages, but the American Dream’s ability to encompass so many aspirations is what makes it mesmerizing and illusive. The American dream is often defined as a one-dimensional goal set in stone, however the American dream is a living idea that follows one throughout life changing and fluctuating to encompass the different desires present at every stage of life. Although the American Dream is often not recognized until an older age, it truly starts to take effect on younger and younger children as the years go by. Something as simple as a lemonade stand or the doll in the toy store window sparks a dream in a little kid’s mind. This may seem unimportant, but it is essentially the same process as if one was working towards starting a business. The desire to start a lemonade stand pops into a five-year-old child’s head and it sticks. The thought of opening a stand and getting paid twenty-five cents for a cup of lemonade encompasses their thoughts. Once the desire, or dream, has worn at them long enough they will put these thoughts into actions. Yeiser 1
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The fact that the American Dream is effecting the youth of America is also a slightly dangerous thing. This could instill greed and unnecessary desire at a young age. Although entrepreneurship is something to be encouraged, it is important to allow kids to grow up at their own pace. It is not necessary for a five-year-old to be making their own money and attempting to support him or herself. This is the age for parents to treat their kids and help them grow, not push them into adulthood. As one grows up, their needs and desires quickly change and become more complicated. It is important to allow children to indulge in simple pleasures while they still are interested.
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