The American Dream. You know what it is—the belief that prosperity, success, and upward mobility can be achieved through hard work. According to James Truslow Adams, in his book The Epic of America, written in 1931, the American Dream is:
Opportunity for each according to ability or achievement…a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position.
Do people still believe that?
There’s a story dominating the headlines this week about an anonymous man in San Francisco, California—supposedly he made a killing in real estate—who is leaving envelopes stuffed with cash hidden around town for others to find (and keep). He Tweets clues to the location of the bounty using the handle @HiddenCash. According to his Twitter profile, he’s conducting “An anonymous social experiment for good”. Not surprisingly, he went from zero to 348,000 followers in less than a week.