Life & Letters features Jeremi Suri's research on the past and future of the "American Dream"
Posted: November 21, 2012
Written by Jessica Sinn, Public Affairs Specialist II, Assistant Editor of Life & Letters.
Some of America’s greatest triumphs were built on dreams. Without dreamers, Neil Armstrong wouldn’t have walked on the moon, proving the sky isn’t the limit. Steve Jobs wouldn’t have transformed the way we work, play and communicate through Apple technology. Henry Ford wouldn’t have created the Ford Model T, revolutionizing mass production and transportation throughout the world.
American greatness is the greatness of big dreams, says Jeremi Suri, professor in the Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. But lately, he says, these great visionaries are few and far between. And as our nation struggles with the crippling effects of a recession and the longest war in American history, the time has come for a new cycle of game-changing leaders.
“It’s absolutely crucial to take a step back and dream big,” says Suri, who holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs. “The problem is that people with a lot of privilege and resources lack the motivation to make the world a better place. Dreaming allows us to do more than just follow the same path we’re on. We draw a new path, a better path for ourselves and others.”
Read the complete story in Life and Letters, Fall 2012 issue.