AmericanDream1“(A) 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…a dream of being able to grow to fullest development as 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.” James T. Adams, Yale 1900 (The Epic of America, 1931)

“That the Moral Nature, that Law of laws, whose revelations introduce greatness,—yea, God himself, into the open soul, is not explored as the fountain of the established teaching in society. Men have come to speak of the revelation as somewhat long ago given and done, as if God were dead. The injury to faith throttles the preacher; and the goodliest of institutions becomes an uncertain and inarticulate voice.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, Harvard Divinity School, 1838

AmericanDreamHundreds of thousands of American high school seniors were to have learned, by today, if they were accepted by colleges, through early admission.

Going to college in the U.S. is more expensive and necessary than ever, but also more unhealthful than ever. One reason is because students are being misled and defrauded with ‘dreams.’ Back in August, Peter Salovey PhD, President Yale University, welcomed the Yale 2017 Class with an address in which he mentioned “dream” or “American Dream,” no less than 19 times — saying “the dream is very much alive here at Yale.” No doubt the Wall Street guys who drained $5.9 billion, in 2008, from the Yale endowment fund were thinking the same thing.

American mythology was given a boost with Morris Abel Beer’s 1918 poem, Manhattan — “This is the Promised Land of Dreams.” The 20th century notion of the American Dream saw an ‘unhampered’ departure from the right thinking of earlier Americans, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, who were oriented around Natural Law. Today’s American Dreamers are oriented around ‘success’ with little or no respect for truth. The result is a disordered ‘get some’ culture of murderers and madmen (and women) — where having trumps being.

The irony is that today’s, so-called, liberal education (with its materialism and revolt against Nature) is making people unfit for democracy.

Photographs: Stephen Wise