Foundations of the American Dream

De Tocqueville (1840/2000) famously wrote that every American is "devoured by the desire to rise" (p. 599).

Rise from poverty, rise from failure, rise from mediocrity.

I would debate whether or not every American is so devoured (especially while I'm staring at Utah's depressing poverty statistics and reflecting on our church's struggling activity rates), but I maintain that simply wanting success does not merit success. It is those who voraciously seek it who achieve it.

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