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American Dream

"There is not a Black America and a White America and Latino America and Asian America—there’s the United States of America." Barack Obama

This quote does not only relate to out world today, but it also relates to the American Dream. There is not a white American Dream, a Latino American Dream, Asian American Dream, or Black American Dream, but each person has an individual American Dream. For example my American Dream is to become a successful individual, who lives comfortably with loving family and friends, and a job that I enjoy. For other people, the American Dream may be to be loaded with money, an incredible house, a full staff, and a perfect family. But that to me doesn’t seem ideal. All I ask for in my American Dream is a loving family, if I could have anything it would be to have a family of my own that loves and supports me when I become older, like my parents have given me. But every American Dream is different, just like every person in the world is different from one another, and thats what makes us human. 

Over the year we have looked into several different ideas of the American Dream, and each book, poem, or movie we looked at there was a different American Dream for every single person, because ideally we all have different desires and wishes. In the pictures and quotes put into this blog you are able to see a variety of dreams, wishes, and views of identity. Because the American Dream and the American Experience are so vast, there are many different ways for it to be expressed. Each picture or quote has a purpose, that relates to the American Dream or Experience wether it be about identity through either of the two, dreams, wishes, wants, equality or inequality, or just history on what has created the American Dream or Experience, each contains an individual purpose just like every American Dream does.


the incredibly versatile Shaun Tan 


“You didn’t see me I was falling apart.
I was a television version of a person with a broken heart.”

"Human beings are the only animals who have to work, and I think that is the most ridiculous thing in the world. Other animals make their livings by living, but people work like crazy, thinking that they have to in order to stay alive. The bigger the job, the greater the challenge, the more wonderful they think it is. It would be good to give up that way of thinking and live an easy, comfortable life with plenty of free time. I think that the way animals live in the tropics, stepping outside in the morning and evening to see if there is something to eat, and taking a long nap in the afternoon, must be a wonderful life. For human beings, a life of such simplicity would be possible if one worked to produce directly his daily necessities. In such a life, work is not work as people generally think of it, but simply doing what needs to be done."

- Masanobu Fukuoka (via cosmic-rebirth)

(via vox--veritas--vita)

(via space-rockets)

"We create our lives, and we can recreate them as we go through them. It’s the common currency of being a human being. It’s why human culture is so interesting and diverse and dynamic."

- Ken Robinson, in: How to escape education’s death valley? (TED Talk Education, April 2013)

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I’m doing my change of paradigm dance.  (I have one.  I like this idea A LOT.)


Painted stones bearing messages for Nelson Mandela are left in a flower bed outside his Johannesburg home. The 94-year-old former president remains in a Pretoria hospital for a fifth day after a recurrence of a long standing lung infection. Read a report from our Africa correspondent here.
Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA