Whats wrong with the American Dream?
For the first time in the history, people are questioning, “Is American Dream really worth it?” Today it’s the Indians, anyone with brown skin tomorrow, next it could be people with Asian looks and then there will be no next. America would have lost its dream destination tag by then.
Hate crimes against people of Indian origin are on the rise in America. What’s the trigger? What has changed in last few months? One can make an educated guess. However, President Trump’s banal condemnation of the attacks might only add fuel to the fire. His words itself don’t seem enough, the action is obviously less than satisfactory. A few more of such incidents would be enough to send tremors across the globe. For the first time, even if for a moment, a question of personal safety would have crossed the minds of the likes of even Sundar Pichai and Satya Nadella. Of course they will not speak about it.
What would any of Trump’s predecessors have done under similar circumstances? John F. Kennedy, in his commencement of American University on 10th June 1963 said “If we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity”.
Most of the Americans are amazingly loving and genuine people. I have a lot of American friends and I see the have a great respect and warmth for humanity and diversity. People like 24 year old Ian Grillot represent the normal American, who are ready to fight for what is right. He took bullet while trying to save Srinivas, the victim of the hate crime. Love and respect for everyone has been the cornerstone of America’s thriving exemplary success and economy while divide and rule is the key reason why India and many other countries are not yet developed.
The American dream exists because it has truly followed a policy of “Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam (The World is One Family)” so far though it may not know what it means. There is no need for America to go backwards and lose the identity that makes it desirable today. If America manages to protect it, it will remain fascinating. If it fails to do it, it will be responsible for a world of chaos tomorrow.
I hope that this is just a very short phase that gets over soon. America is an exemplary nation and that’s a position of great responsibility. The day it loses that position, it will fall down not one but several notches, maybe a free fall. On the other hand, if it sends out a strong signal of love and harmony out today by taking appropriate actions, it will remain a prosperous country, a symbol of love and attraction for everyone.
Mr. Trump, you are a dreamer and I adore you for that. I bought your book “Think Like a Billionaire” three years back for the same reason. Sometimes I wonder what’s next in your dream list because I know you will never stop dreaming. You very well know “what got you here won’t get you there”. If you dream of a greater world, your picture on a 100 $ bill, a Nobel peace prize or even being a Messiah; don’t crush that dream by starting on a note that will create an image will take decades to mend. You are 70 and right now you have only four years in this chair. You know that you are not the most popular president of US yet. Do something for the remaining 3 years, 10 months and 15 days that will make everyone proud of you and looking up to you. God Bless.