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Are The American and Chinese Dreams That Different – You Can’t Tell From Obama’s March on Washington Speech Yesterday

August 29th, 2013 6 comments

common aspirationsYesterday, the U.S. marked the 50th anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.”  It was in that event 50 years ago that King gave his famous “I have a Dream” speech.  By most accounts, Obama’s speech is well-delivered and well-received – albeit “not as good.”  It could not be, Obama would explain, “[b]ecause when you are talking about Dr. King’s speech at the March on Washington, you’re talking about one of the maybe five greatest speeches in American history. And the words that he spoke at that particular moment, with so much at stake, and the way in which he captured the hopes and dreams of an entire generation I think is unmatched.”

If King’s speech 50 years ago was among the “five greatest speeches” in American history, the Obama’s speech today is a present-day synthesis of all that Americans hold most dear.  If you listen, you will glimpse the American Dreams and feel America’s soul. Here is an excerpt of the speech 1. Read more…

Notes:

  1. A transcript of Obama’s speech can be found here and a video can be found here.

Human Flight and Dreams

July 6th, 2012 No comments

I am a fan of Devin Graham, who is all about positive energy in his videography. Below is a video he made of human in flight. When I think about the American dream, this is one of the things I have in mind: a rich society that accords its people all sorts of pursuits. When your society is not rich enough where you are on subsistence farming or working in the factory, you are much more limited to what you can pursue. Still, here is a toast to Devin Graham: for showing us the dreams, even $1/hr workers in China could dare dream in the coming decades. When you are poor, racists will tell you that you are a sick man with no dreams. So, work hard, crawl out of poverty, and dream big!