Manifest destiny is what set the tone for each topic concerning the American dream. It created the consciousness of American standards. Any disagreement, debate, concern or rebellion against the steadily growing American dream could be dismissed with the two words, manifest destiny.
The Native Americans and the virgin land they possessed were clearly the first victims to this idea.
I do believe in the humanity of people, but I also believe in the adage “out of sight out of mind”.
Since the Indians were being used as a labor force, dying from disease, pushed west or living in reservations. The Indians had become foreigners in their own land.
Since being physically out of sight and mind , also not being valued as a fellow human being to any rights, there wasn’t any problem in taking the land.
The contrast of living standards for Americans and Indians could be described as; the Indians lived off the land, not exceeding in size or over consuming; for Americans the land existed because Americans existed.
Thinking of these not so distant events of our past, our creation, I can still see them in today’s culture and political agenda. The gaps between races, the unwillingness of openly accepting immigrants and the continually growing power of America and the American dream into foreign nations.
I know there have been vast jumps in our society but I still wonder the future of this nation and the choices it will make as a single voice.
1) How is America going to cope with growing minorities and the continual flow of immigrants coming each year. Will the country come together?
2) How is this going to effect America on the global scale? If we grow into a unified nation, will it propel us further internationally ?
Over production and consumption is still a problem today. I feel as if it has been inherited through the generations and taught subconsciously. Even to the less fortunate, consumption and waste are taken as admirable qualities, something to strive...