“Fear has two meanings- ‘Forget Everything and Run’ or’Face Everything and Rise’. The choice is yours.” – Zig Ziglar. The word fear hashad a bad reputation over the years. When people become scared to face theirfears, they use the word “fear”. If a person were to attempt to define the word’fear’ they would a definition like “a distressed emotion aroused by evil,danger, or pain.”, but people are so blinded by said fear that they do notthink about how they can overcome it.
Most people have only put the word fearwith a negative connotation, but Ziglar changed it and made it into a positiveconnotation. People should look at the word fear, not with thenegativity that it usually brings, but in a way, that has them conquering theirobstacles. People would never accomplish anything if they let being scared getin the way. Going out of what a person thought possible is the way to accomplishthings, and being scared is not the way of living. People from all over theworld looked at America as the place to be to strive for the ‘American Dream’.
They saw America as a place of freedom and to prosper and live comfortably.They soon figured out that everything that glitters is not gold. They figuredout that they would have to work hard and come out of their comfort zone tolive that dream that they were searching for. African Americans are not muchdifferent with their American Dream, but it does differ. The American Dream andthe African American dream differ in many ways, the people involved had toovercome different things to become successful. But both groups of people didnot let fear be a negative in their lives they looked at in a positive lightand strived that way.
The ‘American Dream’ can be viewed in many ways basedon people’s views. In the Declaration of Independence, it says “…that all menare created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certainunalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit ofHappiness.” (para. 2) The Declaration of independence gives the basis of theAmerican Dream for all people.
People strive to excel in what they are doingwith their lives.When people in other countries hearabout America, they conclude that it is a great place where people come, andthey do better than they ever have in their recent country, but they do notthink of all the hard work and dedication that a person has to have in order tosucceed. In the book The Jungle, byUpton Sinclair, Jurgis and his family here about the American Dream from afamily friend. They come on false hope that America will help them live betterthan what they were having back home, little did they know that it was notgoing to be easy. They came to America on the falsehope that everything would be better for them.
In the book it focuses on whatpeople thought the American Dream was supposed to be and how it did not turnout how it was thought to be. Jurgis wanted his American Dream to be wealth andprosperity, but all he received was pain and torture. However, MartinLuther King Jr., an African American man, wrote and delivereda speech in 1963 called, “I Have a Dream”, he tellsthe audience that he hopes for a day that all people are treated equal. HisAmerican Dream, was for black and white people to coexist together and not tohate. “I have a dream that my four little children will oneday live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of theirskin but by the content of their character.” (King pg. 5 para.
1) His AmericanDream was for his people, to rise above all the hate that they had toendure over the past century. He wanted better for his children and futurepeople.MartinLuther King Jr. has written many books and speeches about equality in America.
He has dreamed of not just African Americans being treated the same as theother person. The Papers of Martin LutherKing Jr., is a series of different speeches and sermons that Martin LutherKing has given. In his book he says (insert quote here). Inconclusion, the African American Dream and the American Dream have manydifferences.
The American Dream is just focused on being happy and successful,while the African American Dream was more focused on equality more thansuccess. The African American community has been through multiple trials andtribulations over the years, but they have overcome any obstacles. Peoplelooking for the American Dream sometimes come close to it, but nobody reallyknows when a person really has achieved their dream.
People’s dreams aredifferent from others. Some would want to become rich and successful, but someare just happy with a healthy family and a nice job. There is not a definitepoint that everybody reaches to get the American Dream, they just strive to getto the point where they are living comfortably.