America the Beautiful
Hey guys, I know I’m late. Sorry about that, I can't promise it won't happen again. Honestly, I could write an entire blog on the good, the bad, and the ugly of America. I wanted this to be a longer blog but I really cannot fit it into my life right now. So I’ve narrowed down the topic to one thing. There are a million more amazing things about the USA but I’ll have to come back to this another day.
America has long been a land of opportunity, a chance to live the American Dream. Investopedia defines the American dream as the belief through hard work, anyone can achieve anything. I still believe this to be true however, I would add ‘through hard work and connection’. Connection to each other is incredibly important. It introduces us to not only new possibilities for economic growth but also emotional growth. That may sound rather cheesy but it’s one of base foundations of this beautiful country. We’ve always tried to be a ‘melting pot’ of cultures but amazingly I think we’re more of a soup. Sure, the flavors mix all together to create a delicious meal but there are still distinct cultures to be enjoyed. We can learn so much from every American in this diverse cultural landscape. America is a place where perseverance can take you wherever you want to go. The United States has always been a refuge for those being persecuted by others for religion, sexual preference, gender, or just those seeking what she has to offer. The base of the statue of liberty says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, temptest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” The peak year for immigration was 1907 when 1.3 million people came to the United States2. In fact, everyone in America today, unless you’re of Native American descent is from an immigrant family. This is amazing, people coming together and choosing where and how they want to live. It reminds me of the saying “you can’t choose your family but you can choose your friends”. It’s so hard to narrow it down but I think this factor of American culture is amazing.
Now to be a great country, or person, we do have to acknowledge both what we’ve done in the past and how we can move forward now as a better country. That’s the goal right? To always be checking ourselves to see how we can become a better land. In equal fashion to this blog I will only be discussing one issue. This blog post is an opinion piece and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
1. Adam Barone. March 2021. American Dream. Investopedia.com. Accessed 30 June 2021.
2. History.com Editors. Updated April 2021. U.S Immigration Before 1965. History.com