Younger generations are continuing to call foul on “The American Dream.” They have labeled it as a sorry replacement for anything authentic, meaningful or worthy of impact. There is a movement in our youth that is reminiscent of the sixties; hippy-like in their carefree ways and unyielding in support of the greater social good. I get that. I’m cool with it. But it won’t drive innovation for our country or society.
While I think they are correct in their view of the endless pursuit of the white picket fence and two car garage, I believe we are losing something incredibly valuable in exchange: a dream.
Losing our dream would be letting go. A chance to achieve? Gone. A time to grow? Nope. A life to win? Doubt it. Being on the winning team has become something that requires atonement and modesty. We have more, therefore, we should apologize to the rest of the world. We bow to other countries and spit in the faces of our fathers and grandfathers who dared to dream and, in turn, built something awesome. We forget the dream and all of the hard work that it took to get here. We forget that God has His hand on our country to allow us to prosper.
I am okay with redefining the American Dream, but we need find one, have one, embrace one. Let’s grow, be successful, be powerful and use our influence and resource for social good.