It means to be born within the United States of America, or legally move and obtain citizenship into the United States. It means to uphold the legacy on which the United States was founded upon. To be an American you should not be limited by race, gender, religion, etc. This is a country of freedom. To be an American, is to live your dreams and make the world a better place.
having money raises our aspirations about the happiness that we expect in our lives, and these raised aspirations can be toxic. Unfortunately, raised aspirations don’t only lead us to take things for granted and impair our savoring abilities. They steer us to consume too much, tax the planet’s resources, overspend and under save, go into debt, gamble, live beyond our means and purchase mortgages that we can’t afford.” Material things do not make us happy. Buying things like houses and cars only have a short-term effect on happiness. If you are not happy first, money won’t buy it for you.
Also, the term “self-evident” shows that there is an awareness of perspective held by Americans of their value or worth which is not understood by the British. Words like ‘usurpations’ and ‘despotism’ are graceful words that describe graceless situations where the British have behaved in a way well beyond their authority over the col... ... middle of paper ... ...ance to the British Crown.” Here, they are not only receiving independence from British rule, but they are also receiving many other powers -- such as the power to levy war. Within the last lines of third section, there is a great sense of self-confidence in the spirit of the American people. Many people think that change occurs only by some great physical effort like war. However, the Declaration of Independence caused change by using words.
But embracing the title “American” means you actually get to live, enjoy and experience this profound freedom for yourself. Being American means you have the right to serve any God you please, and even no God if you prefer; being American means you have the right and power to say exactly what you feel and act upon it if need be; being American means you have a voice in the way your country is ran. Compared to other countries such as Iraq and Zimbabwe they do not embrace such freedom and rights because of dictatorship. Luckily, we are entitled these rights by the help and encouragement of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his most valued assertion written, The Social Contract. For example a section taking from Book I of the Social Contract explains it best, he states, “If I took into account only force, and the effect derived from it, I should say: “As long as a people is compelled to obey, and obeys, it does well; as soon as it can shake off the yoke, a... ... middle of paper ... ... is build up, resulting in the decrease of American suicide.
Some people assume that since so much freedom is allowed, at least one person is exercising that freedom to its fullest. They work their whole lives to try to be like that person, but that person does not exist. They want to be as rich as him, as sophisticated as him, and as powerful as him. These people are called the wealthy. Karl Marx would describe them as “The Haves”.
Our America is known as the land of the free and that which is fundamentally true. Especially when compared to other countries that don’t offer such opportunities. In such countries they aren 't even allowed to say certain things or else harsh consequences are given. At least being an American I can speak my mind without worrying about being punished. This yet has to be constitutional.
She cannot live a life that is not filled with riches. Tom Buchanan was not born rich, but he is very used to being wealthy as well as his wife, Daisy. But Nick is not rich. He travels to the east looking for wealth, but in the end he sees that money only brings deception and destruction. Jay Gatsby is not accustomed to being a rich man because he has only been one for a very small period of time; therefore he can be seen as newly rich.
Old rich people were educated and polite while the new rich were just looking for a good time. At partys the newly rich got drunk and displayed despicable behavior which the old rich frowned upon "She was appalled by West Egg...by its raw vigor that chafed...and by the too obtrusive fate that herded its inhabitants along a short-cut from nothing to nothing. She saw something awful in the very simplicity she failed to understand.”(Fit. 113). It is unfair to think that people who were born into wealth were treated with higher respect than those who worked terribly hard for it, but the old rich viewed those who followed the American Dream “as the hollow men as the stuffed men”(Eliot 17-18).
The plausible explanation for the anomaly is loss aversion. Kaherman and Taversky (1984 343) study shows that “a loss is more aversive than a gain ... ... middle of paper ... ...equire the recreation of a fictional store, which is costly and difficult to control. It is also not feasible to expect subjects to conduct the experiment with a saving mindset for the framing effect. Hence, this experiment is to focus on whether loss aversion is the factor for less desirable purchase under sales conditions. It is probable that “the products (shoppers) purchase, bring home, and live with are in some ways secondary” (Kit 2013) compared to the thrill of obtaining “an irresistible bargain” during sales.
The similarities however lie in the materialism of the corrupted American Dream. What was once a pure dream became the race to becoming wealthy in ever possible way. Both Fitzgerald and the Contemporary Dream emphasize the possessions of one. Fitzgerald however looks at this in a negative way while the other presents materialism as positive and a necessity to achieving the American Dream.