The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream.
You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn't exist.
The best work of literature to represent the American Dream is 'The Great Gatsby' by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It shows us how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and that if you don't compromise, you may suffer.
Once we know of atrocities we cannot remain silent, and knowledge inevitably leads to an urge to protect the innocent.
I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.
Those in the west who dismiss the repressiveness of laws against women in countries like Iran, no matter how benign their intentions, present a condescending view not just of the religion but also of women living in Muslim majority countries, as if the desire for choice and happiness is the monopoly of women in the west.