He wrote: The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It has brought about unprecedented prosperity, lifted millions into the middle class and advanced charitable causes the world over. We have many Biblical references to better and lasting treasures that eclipse any rewards of the American Dream.
Pay close attention to just a few I have highlighted here:. Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew NIV. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. I want you to know how hard I am contending for you and for those at Laodicea, and for all who have not met me personally. My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. Hebrews These same places tend to be more racially diverse, healthier as gauged by fewer respondents who smoke and more who exercise , and more likely to be urban and economically vibrant. Yet by contrast, away from the US, they have not had a similar increase in premature mortality.
One reason may be stronger social welfare systems — and stronger norms of collective social responsibility for those who fall behind — in Europe.
Ironically, part of the problem may actually be the American dream. Blue-collar white people — whose parents lived the American dream and who expected their children to do so as well — are the ones who seem most devastated by its erosion and yet, on average, tend to vote against government programmes. In contrast, minorities, who have been struggling for years and have more experience multi-tasking on the employment front and relying on family and community support when needed — are more resilient and hopeful, precisely because they still see a chance for moving up the ladder.
There are high costs to being poor in America, where winners win big but losers fall hard.
Indeed, the dream, with its focus on individual initiative in a meritocracy, has resulted in far less public support than there is in other countries for safety nets, vocational training, and community support for those with disadvantage or bad luck. Carol Graham is the author of Happiness for All? Do you believe the American dream is dead? Please share your experiences in confidence at inequality. White despair, minority hope My research began by comparing mobility attitudes in the US with those in Latin America, a region long known for high levels of poverty and inequality although with progress in the past decades.
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The Great Gatsby by: F. Scott Fitzgerald. Quotes The American Dream.