The American Dream is, indeed, every American's dream. It promises the possibility of prosperity and success. Regardless of social classes or birth circumstances, the American Dream guarantees that "all men are created equal" and that everyone can achieve great wealth and success if he or she sincerely tries his or her best. In other words, we can all become the next Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, or Warren Buffett, someone who is not only innovative and revolutionary, but also extremely opulent and accomplished if we really want to.
However, is the American Dream real? We certainly hope and dream for it, but it may actually be a mere fantasy, a fruitless pursuit of ours. The American Dream promises success to all men regardless of the circumstances. But financial, social, emotional and intellectual conditions cannot be ignored in predicting success. I mean, what are the chances of a poor individual to receive a proper education given to all rich children? What are the chances of a mentally challenged individual to learn proper knowledge and skills that are easily taught to all normally intelligent people? The chances are, frankly and unfortunately, extremely low.
Psychologists agree that development depends on both nature and nurture. However, the prenatal development plays a huge role in development of children. Children who receive little nourishment, who are exposed to tobacco, alcohol or other teratogens tend to have many negative brain problems. And according to Garcia Coll and McCormick, there is a correlation between low-birth-weight babies and poor family. Poor families tend to give birth to poor nourished and low-weight babies, who will ultimately have many disadvantages to normal infants who will have positive developments. Therefore, rich babies who receive good nourishment and appropriate doctor cares are the ones that will ultimately be the future doctors, lawyers, and professors. Yes, there are exceptions of course, but most of the time, the American Dream applies only to those who are well off in the first place. Perhaps, American Dream is "A-Merry-Can" Dream after all because only those who are merry can achieve their dreams.