American Value Systems

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Tajuana Davis
Public Speaking
May 23, 2012

AMERICAN VALUE SYSTEMS
I. Theoretic Values of Contemporary America
“Americans respect the scientific method and things labeled scientific” I disagree with this comment for reasoning that most Americans tend to stick with what they were taught. From the time you are born you are being taught a certain way depending on religion, tradition or whatever the method of learning your parents have chosen to teach by. For example, most Americans feel like certain illnesses run in the family like obesity or big-boned so some may call it. If you are taught that all your life you are not going to listen to the real reasons people become overweight and start watching what you eat because you feel like you are already pre-destined to be fat, so you will continue to eat what you want when you want.

II. Economic Values of Contemporary America
“They respect efficiency”
I agree with this statement because Americans love the “microwave era”, meaning things will come quick, fast and correct. A good example is swiping your credit/debit card versus withdrawing from a bank. You don’t have to waste time going into a bank or waiting in the ATM line to get money. All you have to do is go to your destination and make your POS transaction! Americans greatly care about efficiency because it makes things more convenient for them.

III. Aesthetic Values of Contemporary America
“They respect neatness and cleanliness”
I strongly agree with this statement. Take a job interview for example. If two people walked in for a job interview, one very clean and the other not clean and wearing shabby clothes, both possessing the same qualities needed for the job, which would you hire? Or take house-hunting as another example. Would you move into an old rundown apartment that has visible dirt, grim and mold throughout it or would you move into one that you can practically eat off the floor of? IV. Social Values of Contemporary...
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