The cost of the American dream
The Economist

“ “[i]n our country, the condition of your birth does not determine the outcome of your life. This is what makes America so great.” The idea that every American newborn has an equal opportunity to enjoy the good life is false.”

I’m split on this argument. I believe that the life you are born to makes such a powerful impact on your life and the direction it can go, but I also believe it does not determine the outcome of your life. I’ve known people who started on the streets of Compton, California and switched their entire world around to working in a state penitentiary. And same to go the other way, I’ve known people who started as a part of the small town’s ‘Good ‘ol boys’ club and are now in prison for vehicular homicide. The beginning of your life is significant in creating the person you will become but I don’t think it’s significant in the meaning that it determines where you’ll be at the end of your life. I think we personally have the power to make our lives what we want if we so choose.

Yes, I believe that the opportunities to a good life are not equal to all newborns but I don’t think that’s what Paul Ryan was fully saying, but that where you are in the beginning of your life is not here you have to be in the end; that you can push and work to something better if you want. The American system is not perfect though in assisting people move up. It is a hard system and shouldn’t be but in the meantime, you just have to power through.

The ‘American Dream’ is such an outrageous goal to pursue, in my opinion. But then again, my intentions and views on a good life do not go hand in hand with those usually chasing that dream. People say life is “a funny thing”, but I don’t think “funny” is the best word for the phrase. Maybe something like “complicated” or “arduous” would be more fitting but who even starts these sayings and can they be changed? Nah. I guess you just have to ty and make peace with it, move on, press forward, endure, and all that jazz.

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