3. Traditional American Values and Beliefs


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  1. dear Mr.Parlin..
    the essay about American dreams : “ The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is a difficult dream for the European upper classes to interpret adequately, and too many of us ourselves have grown weary and mistrustful of it. It is not a dream of motor cars and high wages merely, but 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 .”
    “ The American Dream, that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as a man and woman, unhampered by the barriers which had slowly been erected in the older civilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.”

    Indonesia has a lot of value majority in tribes, nations, and religions .Indonesia has the motto “go forward undeterred” and Unity in Diversity “though different but still a lot of values ​​that we can from our country, even though Indonesia has a lot of difference but it remains one .

    thx sir..

  2. Hallo Sir, according to your article in my point of view the value can be proud in Indonesia is culture. Why I said that? Because Indonesia has many cultures like culturally diverse languages, tribes,religion, ect
    And that all are better value that not all countries have.
    Indonesia’s culture can influence the way art tools that can be export to other countries and increase income our city.

    1. Hi Sayrona,

      Values are different from culture. Values are only part of the latter. What you should do is to choose a value that most Indonesians proud of, e.g. cooperation (gotong-rotong). Then show how it affects life in Indonesia.

      Good luck!

  3. Hello SIR,
    Indonesia has a lot of which should be proud of, it can all happen if people could develop and preserve it, for example, is a very diverse culture and unique, not only that they can be proud again is a courtesy that is owned by the Indonesian culture, Indonesian people have procedures how to speak a gentle, polite, friendly and not overbearing.

  4. The value can be proud of Indonesia is Friendliness or in Bahasa Keramahtamahan.
    Many countries say that Indonesia is a nation that is friendly to the citizens other countries. Friendliness that makes citizens of other countries happy to visit Indonesia. While in other countries, citizens tend to ignore the people who are not known. I am very proud if the citizens of other countries says Indonesia is a friendly nation.
    Thank You sir..

  5. hello sir,
    The value that we can see from Indonesia, comes from the spirit of nationalism that championed by the heroes of Indonesia, which later became the spirit of nationalism to the nation of Indonesia. At the time of President Sukarno and his deputy Mohammad Hatta see the emptiness that he soon might be to make laws on August 18, 1945, and finally followed later that Pancasila is the creation of life, all the values ​​ contained in it. It is also, to fill the economy at that time, use of natural resources Indonesia is the richest. In addition, also due to the eastern culture, the culture and people dressed in the famous covered with a friendly and courteous to create pride for us and the precious value as well.

  6. The values can be proud of Indonesia is a social value. Indonesian society is very friendly and courteous to those around them. Examples of the social value of the proud is the attitude of mutual assistance to each other or worked together. Attitude worked together was demonstrated in everyday life such as worked together to clean up the environment around the house. In addition the people of Indonesia are also polite and friendly towards others. An example is when tourists came to Indonesia and in need of lodging, they would gladly accept it and help tourists become a tour guide for tour in Indonesia. Those things are a good influence on Indonesia is became famous with good social value, so that the many tourists who come to tour, and of course this could increase the national income of Indonesia. Thank you 😀

  7. The values can be proud of Indonesia is a social value. Indonesian society is very friendly and courteous to those around them. Examples of the social value of the proud is the attitude of mutual assistance to each other or worked together. Attitude worked together was demonstrated in everyday life such as worked together to clean up the environment around the house. In addition the people of Indonesia are also polite and friendly towards others. An example is when tourists came to Indonesia and in need of lodging, they would gladly accept it and help tourists become a tour guide for tour in Indonesia. Those things are a good influence on Indonesia is became famous with good social value, so that the many tourists who come to tour, and of course this could increase the national income of Indonesia.

  8. helooooo sir,

    Based on my opinion the majority of value of Indonesians is Sociality. That’s the Indonesians most proud of. Indonesia is famous for its good value in socializing behaviors. Many countries considered that the Indonesian people behave in a courteous and friendly socializing. For the example is Japan, they take a lot of Indonesian nurses to be employed there. Because they consider the Indonesian people friendly and caring with others.

  9. In my opinion,that is proud of Indonesia is the natural wealth because it can become foreign exchange, especially the towns of natural wealth that is still proud and still beautiful. For example Bali, Manado, yongyakarta, etc..
    In addition Indonesia is a democracy, the country will be organized by wish and desire of Indonesian citizens.for example, all Indonesian citizens free to choose a president and vice president, and all Indonesian citizen to voice their opinions freely. So, we as citizens of Indonesia can give opinions to our country.

  10. In my opinion, one of the value can be proud in Indonesia is the content of the youth pledge made ​​in 1928. Where the contents of the youth pledge are:
    -We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one motherland, Indonesia.
    -We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, acknowledge one nation, the nation of Indonesia.
    -We the sons and daughters of Indonesia, respect the language of unity, Indonesian.

    From the Youth Pledge, we can take positive values ​​are proud, because here we can see the spirit of unity and oneness Indonesian youth in realizing the unity of Indonesia. I think, only Indonesia which has the spirit of unity youth. So, we must continue and uphold to maintain the values ​​that exist in the Youth Pledge.

    Thank you Sir…

  11. Hello Sir….
    I think Indonesia has some value that deserves to be proud , one of them is the value of unity, which as we know Indonesia has a diverse ethnicities, religions and languages ​​but Indonesia still upholds the values ​​of unity.For example of many Indonesian people today still show a sense of togetherness and tolerance towards other tribes, even though the person is not one tribe or one class with them such as mutual assistance in the event of disaster, mutual respect for one another religion when conducting worship. Indonesia, although there are some people that do not apply so but it’s one thing we should be proud and which we develop again as we now know this sense of unity and integrity had been eroded. let’s start from ourselves to maintain unity.

    Thank you Sir.

  12. Hello sir, based on mine, the value of the majority of Indonesians most proud are culture. As we know indonesia has a lot of culture which spread from sabang to merauke.The culture itself include (race,religion,etc). Mostly indonesian always talking about the culture itself when they go abroad, because they really proud to show of their culture to other.And the question is how it can affect to indonesian life? These things affect us in everyday life that is indonesian are learn how to appreciate the differences with other. So, indonesian people are accostumed to tolerance each other. Hopefully this value always inherent in indonesian life.

  13. in my opinion, I am proud of the value of Indonesia are helping each other, mutual respect and respect among fellow human beings. Indonesia also has a high sense of togetherness that is shared with a caring attitude among others, for example if there are neighbors who are in trouble, we as good neighbors who should take part voluntarily help demonstrate our concern for fellow human beings.thank you sir.

  14. sir, I think one of the value of mutual aid in Indonesia is still very strong, Indonesian society still upholds the value of cooperation among neighbors. for example, lives in the neighborhood between neighbors, often holding of community service or house cleaning in the same shared environment, with a devotion to work together, will form the job easier and the relationship between people become more closely.
    thankyou sir

  15. In my opinion, a sense of respect for parents is very high in Indonesia. because as children we must continue to honor and respect from parents since we were little until we mature. In Indonesia, the children will always take care of their parents until gone. Whereas in America, a child will leave their parents since the age of 17 years. And when their parents were old, they prefer to establish their parents in nursing homes. thx sir.. GBU

  16. Sir.
    I think, the majority in Indonesia is mutual aid.
    Mutual aid is still we often meet in the regions of Indonesia. Although in Indonesia has a lot of people who spent more time to work, but they still set aside time to worked together with others. such as, mutual aid to clean up the environment and etc.
    This makes Indonesian people can establish a good relationships, strengthen brotherhood and create a sense of togetherness.
    thank you

  17. in my opinion, the value of the majority of Indonesians most proud are motto “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Berbeda-beda tetapi tetap satu)”. Because Indonesia has many ethnic, religion and language, I think that’s the value which must be struggle for keep the unity of Indonesia. If people sustain this motto, there aren’t problem of the difference of religion, ethnic and language, and Indonesia will be the safe country. So, lets we keep our unity by revere our motto for Indonesia.

  18. Based on my opinion ,I am proud of the value of Indonesia, because Indonesia is very good. and many who considered that Indonesia has a very high tolerance for exampel, when tourists visit to Indonesia, they always argue that the Indonesian people friendly, always a smile for others, and Indonesia people has a high solidarity, therefore many tourists who invest in Indonesia.Indonesian people very care with the neighbors, for example: when a fire in the environment or in complex, they are always worked together to help turn off the fire. but a very bad the nature of Indonesian people is when they are unable to compete in a competition and they vilify one another with him. therefore let us change the nature of the Indonesia be better off with respect and appreciate each other.

  19. In my opinion, the Value of Indonesia which can be proud are tolerance of religion and social attitude. We have known that Indonesia has many difference kinds of the culture, religion and ethnic but The most attitude which owned by the people of Indonesia are “ Tenggang Rasa”. Although, They are different from the culture, ethnic, religion but they always appreciate with the other. For example if there is someone who is praying that we can’t disturb of him or her by the turn of the music or etc. Therefore, if we always apply the attitude of Tenggang Rasa in the community, I believe we will unite although we are different. So, “Tenggang Rasa” is going to keep harmonious living together.

  20. In my opinion, the value can be proud in Indonesia is the value of the Divine Unity and Value.
    Value of the divinity of the Lord Containing sense of recognition and confidence in the nation for the presence of God as the creator of the universe. With this value the nation states that Indonesia is a religious nation not a nation of atheists. Also choose a mean value of the divine presence of the recognition of the freedom to embrace religion, respect for religious freedom, there is no compulsion and no discriminatory effect among religious believers. Indonesia and the value of unity implies a unified effort towards the determination of the people to foster a sense of nationalism in the Republic of Indonesia. The unity of Indonesia as well as recognize and fully appreciate the diversity of the nation owned by Indonesia .

  21. Based on my opinion, I am proud of the value of Indonesia is a mutual aid. As we know this value is already there since the days of our ancestors. in Indonesia this value is still maintained even though at times we also find less people appreciate the value of mutual aid. Value of mutual aid in the rural areas tend to be stronger because of this sense of need each other still very strong in there. But does not mean in the city there are no values ​​of mutual aid, we can still find people are aware of this value in many areas in Jakarta. Residents in the city usually makes day to day cleanliness week or so-called mutual aid, either to clean the environment of residential garbage, gutter or other public facilities. Not only to create a clean and healthy environment but the value of mutual aid itself can strengthen the harmony and concord among the citizens. I hope someday Indonesia may be one reflection of the country are aware of the value of mutual aid.

  22. In my opinion, the value can be proud in Indonesia is a social value because Indonesian people still happy in a relationship with their family and relatives. For example, homecoming is a positive social value for the Indonesian society. Relationship between the families will be increasingly closely with the homecoming. In general, Indonesian people try going home on religious holidays such as Eid or Christmas. Besides meeting with the relatives, the travelers can show the results of their efforts when working in overseas. The travelers are willing to spend their money in order to gather and show their success to their families and neighbors in their village. So, homecoming is a moment that has become wholly owned by Indonesian society.

  23. Dear Mr. Parlin

    I think, the value that most Indonesian proud of is attitude and sociability.Indonesian people has always welcomed the stranger with a friendly smile. Their attitude make stranger comfort to come to Indonesia. Moreover, Indonesian people open their house to be place to stay (homestay) to foreign that come to tourist attractions in their area and explain about culture in Indonesia, so foreign become proud of Indonesia and suggest their friend to come to Indonesia to vacation.

  24. Based on your question Sir,
    There are many things can be proud from Indonesia. For example Indonesia has kind of natural resources which is not own by other countries. Natural resources provides many things that useful for Indonesian people. Moreover with abundant natural resources, Indonesia can be build the nation’s infrastructure and public facilities. Such as highway, buildings, factory, etc. Therefore with kind of natural resources Indonesia has a better future than other countries.
    Thank you Sir.

  25. I think democracy is a value of Indonesia that we are most proud of. Our people can participate in the problems about Indonesia. For example, in the election of president and vice president, let say in bahasa Indonesia “Pemilu”, we can choose the candidate directly without any forcing from anyone. Democracy also unites us because through democracy, we can give our own opinion to our country, so it makes source of strength in both of our people and Indonesia.

  26. Dear Sir…
    In my opinion, the majority value of Indonesia is spirituality and solidarity. Why do I say like that because Indonesia is renowned as a religious state that recognizes five religions which the first statement of Pancasila is uphold the Divinity. So Indonesia against the people who atheists. Togetherness is also one of the contents of Pancasila’s values which are highly valued, it’s made Indonesia renowned as a solid country and is not concerned with personal interests as other countries do. The positive effects are Indonesia became the country that well known “friendly” and ethical, so invite a foreign country to learn the Indonesian’s values and culture by visiting Indonesia.

  27. In my opinion, one example of the value of Indonesia’s is Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, a sentence that must have been very familiar for us, a citizen of Indonesia. As we know, the sentence is one motto of the Indonesian nation. Indonesia has a variety of tribes, nations, religions, and group / class. Therefore, this motto has significance for the survival of the Indonesian nation, which is to get rid of all the differences and diversity that exists and change it to make us all one, namely Indonesia.

  28. Hi, sir!

    In my opinion, the majority of value in Indonesia are unity and democracy. The third content of Pancasila is “persatuan Indonesia” or the unity of Indonesia. The Indonesian people is expected to the unity. The unity can be realized by mutual cooperation. Although we have different cultures, ethnic, and religious, we work together to realize the best region. For example, we can clean the environment and respect for the people who pray in God. We don’t disturb them. In the democracy, Indonesian people can submit or give opinion. In other words, we have the right to propose, for example in the deliberation to make decisions.

    We hope that unity and democracy can be interwoven for Indonesia. By improving the unity, we can build a nation together.

    Thank you.

  29. According to me, the value that most of the Indonesian proud of is Natural resources.
    Natural resources in Indonesia is all natural potential can be developed for the production process. Natural resources is all natural objects, either in the form of life or property that is in the earth and can be used to meet human needs. The amount and quality of natural resources and huge spread in various areas in Indonesia, besides the quality is very good so it can be exported in various countries so that countries can meet the Indonesian foreign exchange. Type of natural resources exported as petroleum, natural gas and other mineral and agricultural products, plantations, livestock, fisheries, and tourism industry besides the results can also be exported abroad.

  30. Indonesia has so many special value, the one of that special values is mutual cooperation (gotong royong). Why it has become the pride of Indonesia? Other countries tend to be more priority to individual interests, no matter how impressed with the togetherness in life. But Indonesia has it. Mutual cooperation (gotong royong) can be interpreted as a mutual help to do something, especially something that is socially significant. In addition, mutual cooperation is based on the spirit of kinship, voluntary and disinterested. Compared with the selfish individualism that it would reduce the value of togetherness. Because of greed and individualism can lead to gaps between communities in the city. For example, when we work together to clean up the neighborhood environment. Whether this will happen in other countries? I think no!
    As we all know that all work will be easy to do, if we do it together.
    Thank you Sir !

  31. dear sir..
    I think a value should be proud of in Indonesia is about religion, good manners, and also the law in inonesia. For example : Indonesia should be proud of religion,because in inodesia free to embrace and choose its own religion,with it we are afford of mutual respect among the other religions,then Indonesia should be proud of because with good manners is characteristic of the Indonesian nation,and the last is Indonesia should be proud of the laws in force in Indonesia because Indonesia is a country of law, the law everything is set up so as not to clutter in Indonesia.

    Thank sir..

  32. hi sir,,,
    I think Indonesia is a nation that is free and I am proud to become a nation of Indonesia … the majority of the values ​​that make us proud is the value in view of the majority … a lot of values ​​in Indonesia are always viewed by the community, for example, “President Election” . Indonesia as a nation we must choose a president who can lead the firm and Indonesia as well. we should not one choose to elect a president to the country Indonesia. Our current president is very concerned with the surrounding community, the community was very proud to have leaders who care about the people,,,

  33. In my opinion, the most of the Indonesia proud of is the attitude of mutual cooperation of Indonesia. Although different from each other, but the attitude mutual assistance still there served until its current specifically for people in rural areas. For example, if there is a family experience distress or someone dies, then people around him will be coming in droves to help them. In addition, the relationship of mutual cooperation, Indonesian society is also known for its hospitality, good manners. Examples of a child kissing the hand of his parents before going away, and say hello when meet each other. Stuff like this are rare in other countries. This, of course, strongly affect people from coming to Indonesia, and this increases the foreign currency. In addition to foreign currency, it will also lead to an increase in revenue for the Indonesian community, especially for those who are in the area attractions such as Bali.

  34. Dear sir,
    According to your question, I just want to give some opininon that the value which Indonesian have must proud of is a religiousness. As we know, in Indonesia a value of religiousness is one of the basic to establish this country. As an Indonesian I`m proud that people in Indonesia always have a belief to God as the point and a vision in their lives. And the affect of religiousness in this country we could saw it in the first point of five principal that said “the belief in one supreme God” that meant people in Indonesia always have a believe to God to be a basic of everything that they want to do for their lifes. Furthermore, a value of religiousness become a most important things that Indonesian have to make a policy and regulation to every people that lives in Indonesia. ^^

  35. Many things can be proud of Indonesia. For example, natural beauty, human resources, natural resources, and culture in every area. But I’m most proud of is the friendliness and cooperation. Friendliness of the people of Indonesia are well known by the nations of the world. Friendliness of the people of Indonesia to bring positive impact to attract the tourists who want to vacation Indonesia. But in addition to positive effects, sometimes friendliness makes terrorists can roam in Indonesia. While co-operation in Indonesia has been famous since ancient times, and cooperation is itself a native Indonesian language term that means working together to achieve the desired results. However, it also has positive values and negative. As a positive example, when a disaster, the Indonesian people together in the recovery process. And as a negative example, some people often do demonstrations that ended with anarchist actions to be heard and this aspiration is to make Indonesia a poor country in the eyes of other countries. Indonesian people should be wise in being friendly and cooperative, so that our country is growing.

  36. In my opinion the majority of value of Indonesians is Indonesian nation that has the values of Pancasila just and prosperous society. That’s the Indonesians most proud of. Because Pancasila as the embodiment of basic principles of an independent Indonesian state. The Pancasila principles are belief in one supreme God, humanitarianism, nationalism expressed in the unity of Indonesia, consultative democracy, and social justice. For examples the Pancasila has its modern aspect, in terms of a traditional Indonesian society in which the nation parallels an idealized village in which society is egalitarian, the economy is organized on the basis of mutual self-help (gotong royong), and decision making is by consensus (musyawarah-mufakat).

  37. Hy Sir,
    in my opinion, the value of Indonesia’s most proud of personality of the Indonesian nation that prides itself as follows: have a nature / culture friendly. We know that Indonesia has a wide range of ethnic, tribal although different, the people of Indonesia still has a sense of mutual respect and friendly attitude among tribes. For example, if there Bataknese tribe visited another tribe, another tribe would surely welcome the arrival of Bataknese tribe, and vice versa. In addition to the people of Indonesia was also friendly with foreigners. This is evidenced by the many foreign tourists who enjoy visiting Indonesia, and want to learn the cultures of Indonesia.Thus, the Indonesian culture can develop into a better direction. Thank you 🙂

  38. in my opinion, I am proud of the value of Indonesia is mutual respect and respect among fellow humans greet each other as if to meet someone, shows a friendly attitude, and ready smile that made many foreign investors do not hesitate to invest or create business in Indonesia is would be a distinct advantage for Indonesia. Indonesia also has a high sense of mutual togetherness that is with an attitude of mutual help among others, for example if there is one neighbor who would carry out the party, must have another neighbor who voluntarily come for help until it was over with voluntary suggests that a high sense of brother or sisterhood.

  39. I am proud of the values ​​of the Indonesian nation, the first is the attitude of politeness and friendliness of our people, thus making fun of tourists visit to Indonesia, and can increase revenue for the communities around tourist areas. Secondly, I am proud of the attitude of mutual cooperation between Indonesia, proved, in the event of disasters or natural disasters in the region, all the Indonesian people go hand-in-hand ease the burden on the victim, either with material or spiritual assistance. The third is the attitude I’m proud of people who can respect each other, both among religions, tribes, etc., so that we can coexist in the country of Indonesia, although some cases of riots occurred because of a lack of tolerance among people.

  40. I think, the majority of Indonesia most proud of is courtesy. Indonesia is a country that most uphold courtesy as the basis of Indonesian society. for examples, Shake hands and give a smile when meeting for the first time, respect for older people or remove shoes outside before entering a house. it gives a good affect life in Indonesia. people learn to more respect each other, and also give a financial profit.
    for example, tourist feel comfort to vacation in Indonesia and also Indonesia good for other nation.

  41. Dear sir…

    I think the values ​​of the Indonesian nation’s pride is good manners or politeness, solidarity is strong, customs are still maintained and the natural wealth that is so beautiful. In Indonesia there are many tribes, and each tribe has been taught how to be good manners according to the rules of each and every parent was bound to teach his son with a sense of decency. I admit the value of manners or courtesy in Indonesia need thumbs up because in Indonesia have grown how to respect older people and how to call people who are older than us. In addition, Indonesia also has a strong sense of solidarity. The Indonesian people still have a high sense of caring towards each other. And I was impressed with the high social life in Indonesia. In addition Indonesia also still maintain the customs system. Very rarely in modern times can still maintain the custom. For example in batakness culture has very strong traditions that are still maintained to this day, particularly in marriage and death customs of the tribe of Batak. And the last one to be proud of the Indonesian people that is have the wealth of the natural beauty. Indonesia is rich in oil, agriculture and Indonesia have produced a lot of spices and oil.
    So whatever Indonesia bad in my eyes, Indonesia remains always become my pride.

    Thankyou sir and I hope my explanation is very useful for us.
    God bless you :))

  42. Hello Sir,
    In my opinion, most of the population of Indonesia’s most proud of the the value Politeness or good manners.
    This nation is known as a friendly nation and humble. The value of Politeness is inculcated since early and carried away in the daily habits of this nation. For example is a polite gesture to the person who instilled the younger to older person.
    Students greet the teacher, and also the friendly attitude to the foreigners. This makes Indonesia is known as a friendly nation in the eyes of other countries. Humble attitude that was shown to foreign tourists, making the tourists are happy and comfortable to be in this country. Establishment of intimacy and warmth in social relationships, increase a positive value for the nation. The value makes nation proud of Indonesia. Because with an attitude of polite, humble and good manners, making other nations join liked these values ​​and know the Indonesian nation as a friendly nation. This brings the value a positive impact on this nation, for example in the world tour, this increases the number of foreign tourists coming to Indonesia. Other than of the beautiful natural, the atmosphere of the population make foreign tourists feel comfortable with this nation.

    Thank You

  43. Hi sir,
    The value is something which has quality, show quality and useful for people.Based on Pancasila, Indonesia has five main values such the value ​​of justice, the value of unity, the value of justice, democratic value ​​and human value. The values are actually the heritages that must be preserved, but now days only a few values that are still awake. One of them is Unity value. In my opinion, the value of the Indonesian unity implied common efforts aimed at self-determination of the people to strengthen the sense of nationalism in the Republic of Indonesia.The unity of Indonesia as well as recognized and appreciated the diversity of the nation which was owned by Indonesian. But now days, the value can not affect life in Indonesia fully. Over time, the unity that used to guide the nation, now it can not affect Indonesian life anymore. Unity among religions, inter-tribal and inter-area start to fade. Now, most people prioritize their egos. They feel that their religions, their ethnics or their regions need to be more advanced while others only be a hindrance for their progress. This will be a trigger of conflict that makes us become divide. So, we must preserve Unity value in order to be a developed nation.
    Thank u sir.

  44. In my opinion, Indonesia is a free nation, but that freedom is restricted by the existence of Pancasila democracy. because it lives in Indonesia is highly
    influenced by the views of democracy. Pancasila democracy in Indonesia
    known as ” Dari Rakyat Untuk Rakyat “, it is proven by the election of the
    president until the election of the smallest election, for instance the election of
    RT Chief. and if we are faced with hard decisions in finding the best solution, we, Indonesian people use a democratic vote to get the result. because Indonesia still refers to the values of ” Pancasila “.

  45. I think the value which proud by the nation of Indonesia is mutual aid. The system already in ancient times and Indonesian still maintain the value. This system not only for the villagers, but also for the citizens of the city. Many activities can be done for those who live in urban areas, build poskamling, cleaning ditches, build places of worship, maintaining cleanliness and many other activities. Mutual aid also brings positive effect such as work is completed quickly, fraternity and togetherness among the citizens increasingly close and the most important thing Tranquility and peace, would be obtained if the mutual care among fellow the citizens and help each other with their fellow citizens. so we ought to keep the value sustainability.

  46. According to me, the majority of Indonesian most proud of is Politeness. Politeness, or also known as good manners, is one characteristic of Indonesian society. Since the first, the Indonesian nation known as friendliness, politeness, customs and well-thought-of. Examples, Indonesian always says ‘greeting’ when they entry or exit from the places. Indonesian are also call the older people by this words: “mas, mbak, pak or bu”, not like other countries that call the older people by his/her name, always take a bow to give respects for the older people. Other example is Indonesia always makes shake hand when they meet the people. This brings positive affects live in Indonesia. When Indonesian are polite, They will feel comfort in Indonesia, then They will come back to Indonesia other time, moreover They will invite their friends from their country to come to Indoesia. This will help the government to improve the tourism in Indonesia. And also makes Indonesia and Indonesian good for other countries.
    Thank you.

  47. In my opinion very good value in Indonesia. As one example to be proud of is the mutual cooperation between people. Mutual cooperation in Indonesia has been famous since ancient times, and mutual cooperation is in itself an authentic Indonesian term that means working together to achieve a desirable outcome. However, it also has positive and negative values. As a positive example, mutual aid when the people would want to build a facility to be shared. And as a negative example, people often perform demonstrations that ended with the anarchists and this was not well done because Indonesia will worsen the nation’s values for other countries. We should be able to make mutual cooperation as the hallmark of Indonesian nation over another.

  48. In my opinion the majority of value of Indonesians is Unity. That’s the Indonesians most proud of. We can see this in many indonesian mottos such as Bhinneka tunggal ika, bersatu kita teguh bercerai kita runtuh etc which the core of this is talking about unity. But nowdays,the problem is whether this value still effect indonesian life. Time have changed and that’s also happend to indonesian people. We are different now than our ancestors and that effect also means of unity. During their days the sense of unity was still very strong. Many activities they performed together such as to build a house of worship, highways and also in cultures activity. However, we can still feel that sense also in our life now, eventhough it is not stronger than before. We can see this through how we can still keep our culture and eventhough we are diversity but we still respect each other. And also our emphaty for others whe in trouble, calamity or disaster, most of us directly will help. Moreover even in negative sense, such as when there is our friend fight with the others sometimes realize or not we just come to that case because we have unity, sense of togetherness.

  49. Dear sir..
    According to me, the value that most of the Indonesian proud of is Hospitality. Indonesia is well-known and recognized by the people all over the world for the hospitality of its people. Hospitality brings the positive effects for the Indonesian. Convivial nature of the Indonesian is one of the huge capital of potential in the field of tourism. Hospitality improves the quality and attraction of the tourism object. Hospitality of the Indonesian becomes an impression for the tourists to come back because they feel appreciated and well served. Beside the beauty and the exciting attractions, this warm-hearted nature is also an investment in the real sense of the word, not only on the field of tourism, because it is the main attraction. The hospitality shows there is the existence of mutual esteem and respect between fellow human beings. It also shows that the Indonesian allowing themselves to feel fully the world that surrounds them, the beauty in the people and the things in their life. Thank you…

  50. Sorry Sir.. I made some mistake before.
    Here my reparation 🙂
    In my opinion the value in Indonesia is very good. One example of the value of Indonesia’s most proud of is the help of solidarity or togetherness. The value of togetherness has negative and positive impacts. For example, when looking at the community together to help each other in the village when it comes adversity, misfortune befalls a family, then almost all the neighbors came to help with what they can to help. However it is very regrettable many people in Indonesia would underestimate the importance of the Pancasila itself. For example, most citizens of Indonesia for example,the students who can only march to the offices of local officials and even anarchists can do such damage to facilities on the road and so on. As students who have them think that education should be positive. Do not just comment on the bad performance but citizens must help how to promote our beloved country.

    Thanks
    God Bless us 🙂

  51. In my opinion the value in Indonesia and is in very good. One example of the value of Indonesia’s most proud of is the help of solidarity or shared. The value of togetherness has negative and positive impacts. For example, when looking at the community together to help each other in the village when it comes adversity, misfortune befalls a family, then almost all the neighbors came to help with what they can to help. However it is very regrettable many people in Indonesia would underestimate the importance of the Pancasila itself. For example, most citizens of Indonesia for example, only students who can only march to the offices of local officials and even anarchists can do such damage to facilities on the road and so on. As students who have them think that education should be positive. Do not just comment on the bad performance but officers must help how to promote our beloved country.

    Thanks
    God Bless us 🙂

  52. Hello Sir,
    I think, the value of the majority in Indonesians is freedom. Examples From the political side, for approximately 12 years, the people of Indonesia have enjoyed a broad political freedoms. Four basic freedoms, namely the right to freedom of expression and communication, the right to freedom of assembly, the right to freedom of association, and the right to participate in government, which is essential for the operation of political systems and democratic governance have been enjoyed by most of the people of Indonesia. Through various media almost all layers of the people of Indonesia have been able to express feelings and opinions without fear or misgivings to the New Order era. Rakyat Indonesia is relatively free communication of ideas and information it holds. People enjoy the same right to freedom of assembly. Meeting people, like, conferences, seminars, meetings, demonstrations are no longer needed that authority to ask for permission in the New Order. Community groups, such as, workers, farmers, artists, and others who want to do a demonstration or rally in front of the office or a public official does not require a permit, but before running a demonstration is required to notify the police. It gives a good effect of government to be more careful in making decisions, but there are also influences negative uncontrolled freedom. thanks

  53. According to me, the values ​​that Indonesia was proud of are the values of Pancasila such as: deity values, family values, human values ​​and justice, the value of honesty.
    Value of the divinity principle is closely related to one’s life, thus affecting the response of a person or even a life plan in the future. Family values ​​is that all people feel part of a large family, of course, everything must be based on consultation and consensus without have to sacrifice a few courses. Human values and justice of the view that all people have the right to equal treatment, mutual respect without see the social strata, rank or position or wealth. The value of honesty is a fundamental value which is very important in any field, so there is no selfishness and corruption. If we run out the above values ​​that very important in family life, community, and the country, I believe this country will progress and develop without corruption, collusion and nepotism that led to the destruction of this Nation. Thank you.

  54. Dear all,
    After discussing the topic entitled “Traditional American Values and Beliefs” above, post your answer to the following questions.

    If Americans had to pick a value of their country that they are most proud of, over 90 percent would choose freedom. What value are the majority of Indonesians most proud of? How does it affect life in Indonesia?

  55. Dear Mr. Parlin
    This my assigment
    “We are brought up to succeed, weren’t we? Is this true? Were we really brought up only to succeed in order to achieve material plenty and is this what the American Dream is all about: Success as the reason for living? American Dream, the critical interpretation of the American Dream referring to its change of values. Furthermore, going to discuss the influence of the American Dream on popular imagination. So, the main purpose of that to show that the notion of the American Dream has not always been identified with materialism but with success primarily as a God given task intended for self-salvation. There will point out how this aspect of a success in religious and moral terms changed into an aspect of material success only. Further, according to this change that the aspect of material success promotes selfish individuals instead of a “Great Society” in which the American Dream is realized in the community since there is “nothing whatever in a fortune merely in itself” (Adams “The Epic of America”, 416). While the American Dream stands on the one hand for a land of opportunity where everyone is given the chance of attaining something according to one’s ability, the American Dream stands on the other hand for a struggle to succeed without much social or emotional support that eventually turns into an American nightmare.
    American Dream as a key concept and then discuss the reasons why the American Dream became a key concept that became crucial for people of lower classes and different ethnic backgrounds. In the following, based on The Epic of America by James Truslow Adams before, define the general notion and meaning of the American Dream as a key concept with regard to the historical background.

    The term of the American Dream was first coined in a study called The Epic of America by James Truslow Adams in which he deals with the basic fascination and promise of living America “with opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement” . Therefore, according to J.T. Adams, the notion of having the opportunity of achieving something without being restricted by social borders developed out of a need of “being able to grow to fullest development as man and woman” . This need couldn’t be fulfilled in Europe because of social classes that had been established throughout history “for the benefit of classes” and so restricted those who were not privileged. In contrast to Europe, supports a republican form of government without any classes privileged by birth or by occupational class which characterizes the American Dream as a notion of a classless society “for the simple human being of any and every class”. This way the notion of living in America turned into a notion with a certain appeal for lower class people of having the opportunity to achieve something. But if this concept of achieving something according to one’s ability and being respected as a human being regardless to one’s social stratification “is to be a reality”, people “shall be capable of wanting to share in it” without giving themselves up “as individuals to selfishness, physical comfort and cheap amusement”. In short, the notion of the American Dream should ideally turn into a key concept by means of promoting not only material plenty but also living in society without being selfish.The American Dream as an idea was already largely in place (even if the phrase wasn’t coined until 1931). The perception was that America was the land of opportunity. Since the American Dream is not tangible and is rather a perception or an idea, this seems like a logical tie-in.

    The “American dream” phrase was made in 1931, when many more democratic nations than America had Universal suffrage with the right to vote in everyone being treated equal, which America did not until 1965…. so the “dream” was only open to those with rights
    Besides, the American Dream (back in the 1930’s at least) wasn’t just about living in a democratic country. It was also about being able to live in a country where you didn’t need to

  56. Dear Mr.Parlin
    This is my assignment of CCU

    The American Dream

    The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. In the definition of The American Dream, “life should be better and richer and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal”.

    Since its founding in 1776, the United States has regarded and promoted itself as an Empire of Liberty and prosperity. The meaning of the “American Dream” has changed over the course of history. Historically the Dream originated in the New World mystique espicially the availability of low – cost land for farm ownership.

    The ethos today simply indicates the ability, through participation in the society and economy, for everyone to achieve prosperity. According to the dream, this includes the opportunity for one’s children to grow up and receive a good education and career without artificial barriers. It is opportunity to make individual choices without the prior restrictions that limit people according to their class, caste, religion, race, or ethnicity.
    The American Dream, that has lured tens of millions of all nations to our shores in the past century has not been a dream of material plenty, though that has doubtlessly counted heavily. It has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as a man and woman, unhampered by the barries which had slowly been erected in the older cilizations, unrepressed by social orders which had developed for the benefit of classes rather than for the simple human being of any and every class.
    (The sources from wikipedia)

  57. The term “American Dream” is used in a number of ways, but essentially the American Dream is an idea which suggests that all people can succeed through hard work, and that all people have the potential to live happy, successful lives. Many people have expanded upon or refined the definition of the American Dream, and this concept has also been subject to a fair amount of criticism. Many people believe that the structure of American society belies the idealistic goal of the American Dream, pointing to examples of inequality rooted in class, race, and ethnic origin which suggest that the American Dream is not attainable for all.
    The idea of an American Dream is older than the United States, dating back to the 1600s, when people began to come up with all sorts of hopes and aspirations for the new and largely unexplored continent. Many of these dreams focused on owning land and establishing prosperous businesses which would theoretically generate happiness, and some people also incorporated ideals of religious freedom into their American Dreams. During the Great Depression, several people wrote about an American Dream, codifying the concept and entrenching it in American society.
    For people who believe in the American dream, anything is attainable through hard work. The concept plays on the idea that American is a classless society, although it is obviously not, as any honest examination of the United States will reveal. The idealistic vision of the American Dream also assumes that people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, gender, and national origin, another thing which is unfortunately not true in the United States. Critics of the American dream also point out that many versions of the dream equate prosperity with happiness, and that happiness may not always be that simple. These critics suggest that the American Dream may always remain tantalizingly out of reach for some Americans, making it more like a cruel joke than a genuine dream.
    American dream today is individual success such as a good paying job, a nice home to live in, a healthy family, lots of friends, and a secure future. People with a more skeptical view of the American Dream sometimes say that the American Dream represents the possibility of living better than your parents did, and a desire among parents for their children to lead happy lives. This is especially true in the immigrant community, as many immigrants have come from extremely difficult circumstances. Some one who manages to achieve his or her version of the American Dream may be said to be “living the dream,” and everyone has a unique interpretation of what the American Dream might be. Fundamentally, the American Dream is about hope and the potential for change, and one could argue that people, who enact change in some way, even a small way, are living the dream.

    1. Hello Romaita,
      You managed to show the ideas on “American Dream” very comprehensively. But, in the next assignment, please do not forget to mention the sources of citations you used.
      Good luck!

  58. Dear Mr. Parlin..
    I am sorry sir, this is my complete assignment of responses to 3.
    “American Dream”
    The American Dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. The American Dream can be described as a belief in freedom that allows all citizens and residents of the United States of America to achieve their goals in life through hard work and that all people have the potential to live happy and successful lives. For some, it is the opportunity to achieve more prosperity than they could in their countries of origin, for others, it is the opportunity for their children to grow up with an education and career opportunities, for others, it is the opportunity to be an individual without the constraints imposed by ethnicity.
    The concept plays on the idea that American is a classless society, although it is not obviously. The idealistic vision of the American Dream also assumes that people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, gender, and national origin. Ultimately, most Americans would like to achieve the American Dream of financial independence. Critics and that happiness may not always be that simple. Someone who manages to achieve his or her version of the American Dream may be said to be “living he dream”, and everyone has a unique interpretation of what the American Dream might be.
    Fundamentally, the American Dream is about hope and , and the potential for change, and one could argue that people who enact change in some way, even a small way, are living the dream.
    The American dream today is focuses on the success of the individualism. It’s to live the best life that they can and accomplish their goals. It’s freedom to worship in the religion of their choice and live in an environment where there are no grenades or bullets flying everywhere. It’s having clean clothes, food and water or the opportunity to acquire these things, America is the land of opportunity and still the greatest country in the world.

    1. Well done, Artati.
      This passage of yours explains “American Dream” very comprehensively. However, anytime you borrow/cite someone ideas, do not forget to mention the sources.
      Good luck!

  59. Dear Mr. Parlin
    Here is my assignment of responses to 3. “American Dream”.

    The America dream is that dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. The American Dream can be described as a belief in freedom that allows all citizens and residents of the United states of America to achieve their goals in life through hard work and that all people have the potential to live happy and successful lives. For some, it is the opportunity to achieve more prosperity than they could in their countries of origin, for others, it is the opportunity for their children to grow up with an education and career opportunities, for others, it is the opportunity to be an individual without the constraints imposed by ethnicity.
    The concept plays on the idea that American is a classless society, although it is not obviously. The idealistic vision of the American Dream also assumes that people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, gender, and national origin. Ultimately,

  60. American Dream
    America, specifically United States of America has become a promising land for any races in the world. It’s started when the British immigrants who didn’t fit to monarch system were looking for a new opportunity in a new land. That’s what we called freedom. This thought has been reflected in American ethos, called American Dream. Basically American Dream is about to achieve prosperity, in terms of good life quality. It means each person has choices and the others respect with it. Prosperity is not always about wealth, but pride and social-acceptance. The Americans mostly make dreams come true in many versions, but we can divide into three major points: career, fame, and possessions.
    Any races come to America for one purpose, a better life. A better life means you get a good education and then it will channel you to your dream jobs. Your social-acceptance is fulfilled once you get the position you want it. For Americans themselves, enrolling Harvard, Stanford University or MIT is not as easy as people think. Besides financially covered, you need to have strong personality, a list of records showing you actively involved in communities and impressive grades. Once you belong to one of those universities, then your career opportunity is widely opened. Career is not only about white-collar work. Another part of American Dream is that a Turk may sell Kebab from having cart wheel to opening his own restaurant which will be inherited it to his family. USA offers the various options for career.
    No one can resist fame, especially in USA. It will take you to more opportunities and privileges. Being celebrity is the icon of fame in USA. The icon “celebrity” is not only artists, but also successful people in their fields, including politicians. The American teenagers grow with choices. When they realize that they aren’t academically good and have other interests, they won’t put themselves in trouble by choosing university. They learn what their strengths and they dig them up. That’s why for the ones who have art talents, they directly enroll special high school or academy, such as The Guillard Music School. After graduating, they will pursue their acting or music career in LA or New York. Either artists or white-collar workers have the same hard challenge to reach fame. That’s why they choose what they believe they can accomplish.
    Possession is to show how success someone in life. The most important possession for Americans is a house. A house is a place where people protect themselves from weather, gather with family members, and the last destination to “back home”. Americans value family, so a house is very important for them. When an adult child of a family faces problems, he tends to go back to parents’ house, to find “secure dwell” physically and psychologically. During holidays, such as Christmas, the 4th of July, and Thanks Giving, family members gather in parents’ house. That’s why a house is important for them. Besides houses, Americans put technology and fashion as world trendsetter. People tend to buy the latest devices as well as wear the trendiest fashions to show their pride in society.
    American dream has been formed from the same vision of a bunch of people and they are inherited it to the next generation. The dreams are well done in society if they have system and commitment. Having choices, respecting others as well as working hard is the core of American dream. People from many ethnics and races who have the same vision migrate to USA to reach their dream, American dream.

    1. Very well done, Juella!
      However, it seems to me that you include someones’ ideas in this essay. You should have mentioned the sources. Next time, please make sure that you do this. Good luck!

  61. Dear Sir,
    This is my short essay on American dream,
    Definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” He popularized the phrase “American Dream” in his 1931 book Epic of America: the American Dream is that dream of land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for each every man, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.
    The meaning of the “American Dream” has changed over the course of history. Historically the Dream originated in the New World mystique regarding especially the availability of low-cost land for farm ownership. As the Royal governor of Virginia noted in 1774, the Americans, “for ever imagine the Lands further off are still better than those upon which they are already settled.” He added that if they attained Paradise, they would move on if they heard of a better place farther west.
    Nowadays, the American Dream is more about spiritual happiness than material goods. Majorities state that working hard is the most important element for getting ahead. However, an increasing minority stated that hard work and determination does not guarantee success. Ownby (1999) identifies four American dreams that the new consumer culture addressed. The first was the “Dream of Abundance,” offering a cornucopia of material goods to all Americans, making them proud to be the richest society on earth. The second was the “Dream of a Democracy of Goods,” whereby everyone had access to the same products regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, or class, thereby challenging the aristocratic norms of the rest of the world whereby only the rich or well-connected are granted access to luxury. The “Dream of Freedom of Choice,” with its ever expanding variety of good allowed people to fashion their own particular life style. Finally, the “Dream of Novelty,” in which ever-changing fashions, new models, and unexpected new products broadened the consumer experience in terms of purchasing skills and awareness of the market, and challenged the conservatism of traditional society and culture, and even politics.

  62. Dear sir,
    Here is my assignment of CCU

    The American Dream

    Nowadays, Americans hold many dreams and traditions. Some Americans dream of riches, some dream of having a family, with healthy kids. Others dream about being a big sports star, or getting rich quickly, singing for a living, and making an enormous amount of money. Another common “American Dream” is that you could win millions off the lottery, or gambling. Today in society, people have different perspectives on what the “American Dream” is.

    The American dream is a common definition for success, comfort, happiness, wealth, and the wish to succeed. The American Dream is a phrase coined after World War II, when soldiers came home after the war and began building their lives by getting jobs, getting married and having children. This idea does not apply only to immigrants. It applies to everyone as the stereotypical life styles to strive for in America. The American dream includes getting a good job, getting married, having a family and owning a home. In the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success, life should be better and richer, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement regardless of social class or circumstances of birth.

    The majority of Americans consistently for their family, the American Dream is more about spiritual happiness than material goods. Majorities state that working hard is the most important element for getting ahead. However, an increasing minority stated that hard work and determination does not guarantee success. On the pessimistic side, most Americans predict that achieving the dream with fair means will become increasingly difficult for future generations. They are increasingly pessimistic about the opportunity for the working class to get ahead; on the other hand, they are increasingly optimistic about the opportunities available to poor people and to new immigrants to get ahead in the United States. Furthermore, most support programs make special effort to help minorities get ahead.

    To sum up, the American dream has come to represent the attainment of countless goals that are specific to each individual. Each person might consider a purchased home with a white picket fence the version of the American dream another might view it as the financial ability to run his own business. The idea is that everyone has an opportunity of gaining prosperity, recognition, power, triumph, and contentment.

    1. Thanks for the very comprehensive ideas on “American Dream” you wrote in this essay. But, in the future, like what I suggested to other students, you need to include the sources of citations you use in your essay. Good luck!

  63. Dear Mr. Parlin
    This is my essay essay on “American Dream”. Include the meaning, the origin, and the existence of the concept of “American Dream” among the present Americans.

    The American Dream is a national ethos of the United States in which freedom includes a promise of the possibility of prosperity and success. In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. The idea of the American Dream is rooted in the United States Declaration of Independence which proclaims that “all men are created equal” and that they are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights” including “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
    Since its founding in 1776, the United States has regarded and promoted itself as an Empire of Liberty and prosperity. The meaning of the “American Dream” has changed over the course of history. Historically the Dream originated in the New World mystique regarding especially the availability of low-cost land for farm ownership. In Dec 1823 after founding out that the British Navy would defend Latin America from the Holy Alliance and France, President Monroe used his annual speech to Congress the opportunity to express what is known as Doctrine Monroe, a refusal to tolerate further expansion of European domination in America. It declared solidarity with the republican spirit of the newly independent Latin America. The United States Nation increasing emphasized the liberal character, is not bound is free. This is the American Dreams at the time of Monroe.
    The American Dream with all its materialism, consumerism, hedonism, and liberalism was a lot of people have been drugged, and triggered a wave of immigrants. Some managed to achieve that dream, some not. Immigrants, particularly from the third world countries or developing countries are interested in the lifestyle of American society that is free and hedonist, speculate went to America. Some of them can achieve their dreams, some are actually falling. American Dream is a worldview that is intended to be a positive self, elegant, successful and well established. Of course they have a very subjective measure for it. The most prominent is economist; belief that economic and financial success is the basis and prerequisite of primary human happiness. Political control of capitalism and industrialization, are now making their workaholic, over pragmatic, individualistic, and lack of social concern. This is very suitable to the character and the typical man with high ambition to achieve financial success. An American man maybe very warm, friendly and enthusiastic and empathy in social interactions at work, but at the same time can be very cold and callous to the suffering of others outside the community. That’s the paradox of American society.

    1. Good job, Octovany. This essay express interesting ideas on “American Dream”. However, you should have listed the sources of quotation below your essay.

  64. Dear all attendees of CCU Exc. Class,

    After studying and discussing the topic entitled “Traditional American Values and Beliefs”, write a short essay on “American Dream”. Include the meaning, the origin, and the existence of the concept of “American Dream” among the present Americans.

    Good Luck!

    1. Dear sir,
      Below is my short essay about “American Dream”, sorry I’m late to send it.

      The American Dream
      The American Dream is defined as “An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire,” but essentially the American Dream is an idea which suggests that all people can succeed through hard work, and that all people have the potential to live happy, successful lives. Many people have expanded upon or refined the definition of the American Dream, and this concept has also been subject to a fair amount of criticism. As Americans, they strive to live a life where they work to support their families while enjoying the freedom to raise their children as they choose and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Throughout their country’s history, they have been through many trying times where these freedoms have been tested and their values have been misled. However, through it all, these events have made them stronger as a nation and taught them what it really means to be American. To see all men as equal, to have the freedom to write what they want and express their beliefs, and the right to fight for policies in government that benefit the good of the people. These chapters serve as prime examples of the struggle for the American Dream and the people that helped them achieve it.
      The idea of an American Dream is older than the United States, dating back to the 1600s, when people began to come up with all sorts of hopes and aspirations for the new and largely unexplored continent. Many of these dreams focused on owning land and establishing prosperous businesses which would theoretically generate happiness, and some people also incorporated ideals of religious freedom into their American Dreams. During the Great Depression, several people wrote about an American Dream, codifying the concept and entrenching it in American society.
      For people who believe in the American dream, anything is attainable through hard work. The concept plays on the idea that American is a classless society, although it is obviously not, as any honest examination of the United States will reveal. The idealistic vision of the American Dream also assumes that people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, gender, and national origin, another thing which is unfortunately not true in the United States.
      Critics of the American dream also point out that many versions of the dream equate prosperity with happiness, and that happiness may not always be that simple. These critics suggest that the American Dream may always remain tantalizingly out of reach for some Americans, making it more like a cruel joke than a genuine dream.
      People with a more skeptical view of the American Dream sometimes say that the American Dream represents the possibility of living better than your parents did, and a desire among parents for their children to lead happy lives. This is especially true in the immigrant community, as many immigrants have come from extremely difficult circumstances.
      Someone who manages to achieve his or her version of the American Dream may be said to be “living the dream,” and everyone has a unique interpretation of what the American Dream might be. Fundamentally, the American Dream is about hope and the potential for change, and one could argue that people who enact change in some way, even a small way, are living the dream.

      sources :
      http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-american-dream.htm
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110718100020AAFtfbO
      https://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/traditional-american-values-and-beliefs/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth

    2. Dear sir,
      Below is my short essay about “American Dream”, sorry I’m late to send it.

      The American Dream
      The American Dream is defined as “An American ideal of a happy and successful life to which all may aspire,” but essentially the American Dream is an idea which suggests that all people can succeed through hard work, and that all people have the potential to live happy, successful lives. Many people have expanded upon or refined the definition of the American Dream, and this concept has also been subject to a fair amount of criticism. As Americans, they strive to live a life where they work to support their families while enjoying the freedom to raise their children as they choose and enjoy quality time with friends and family. Throughout their country’s history, they have been through many trying times where these freedoms have been tested and their values have been misled. However, through it all, these events have made them stronger as a nation and taught them what it really means to be American. To see all men as equal, to have the freedom to write what they want and express their beliefs, and the right to fight for policies in government that benefit the good of the people. These chapters serve as prime examples of the struggle for the American Dream and the people that helped them achieve it.
      The idea of an American Dream is older than the United States, dating back to the 1600s, when people began to come up with all sorts of hopes and aspirations for the new and largely unexplored continent. Many of these dreams focused on owning land and establishing prosperous businesses which would theoretically generate happiness, and some people also incorporated ideals of religious freedom into their American Dreams. During the Great Depression, several people wrote about an American Dream, codifying the concept and entrenching it in American society.
      For people who believe in the American dream, anything is attainable through hard work. The concept plays on the idea that American is a classless society, although it is obviously not, as any honest examination of the United States will reveal. The idealistic vision of the American Dream also assumes that people are not discriminated against on the basis of race, religion, gender, and national origin, another thing which is unfortunately not true in the United States.
      Critics of the American dream also point out that many versions of the dream equate prosperity with happiness, and that happiness may not always be that simple. These critics suggest that the American Dream may always remain tantalizingly out of reach for some Americans, making it more like a cruel joke than a genuine dream.
      People with a more skeptical view of the American Dream sometimes say that the American Dream represents the possibility of living better than your parents did, and a desire among parents for their children to lead happy lives. This is especially true in the immigrant community, as many immigrants have come from extremely difficult circumstances.
      Someone who manages to achieve his or her version of the American Dream may be said to be “living the dream,” and everyone has a unique interpretation of what the American Dream might be. Fundamentally, the American Dream is about hope and the potential for change, and one could argue that people who enact change in some way, even a small way, are living the dream.

      sources :
      http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-the-american-dream.htm
      http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20110718100020AAFtfbO
      https://parlindunganpardede.wordpress.com/2011/06/17/traditional-american-values-and-beliefs/
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wealth

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