October 5, 2012
American Success: The Unending Influence of Puritan Values
American success has always been built on this idea that hard work itself is a good thing and will be for many more centuries. We as young Americans see hard work as a sign of good character and we admire these people who work hard for success. Those successful people are our inspiration and role model in this society of hard work. Because of the “Puritan” work ethic in us, students are challenging themselves and trying with the best of their ability to overcome their laziness and complete their assignments within their time limit to be as successful as the people they admire.
We all know that the United States is the land of opportunity; it is why our ancestors have decided to immigrate to this great country. In order to take advantage of this golden opportunity to improve our lives and our social hierarchy, hard work is seen as a sign of good character. Young Americans see hard work as the road to success. We see this at our school through students taking the opportunity to work hard in honor, accelerated and advanced placement classes. The student’s own will to take advanced courses shows that young Americans are willing to challenge themselves. The difficult work students put themselves in is a perfect example of the “Puritan” work ethic that still lies in us. Success is a student’s main goal, and to achieve it, we must work hard in order to bring us the success we all strive for. Even today, young Americans despise laziness; we can all acknowledge that laziness is not good for our well-being or even for our future. Laziness does not bring us anywhere except into a worst situation and further away from our goals and self-satisfaction. Even though we complain about all the work our teachers assign to us, we still manage to get it done. Some days, students forced themselves to resolve to pulling what they call an “allnighterr” in an attempt to finish all of their assignments. If laziness prevailed over the “Puritan” work ethic in the students, they would have a lot more sleep than they currently do. As a matter of fact, if I admired laziness, many other students including myself would not be writing this essay and instead fooling around accomplishing nothing. Young Americans these days admire those people who work hard for success, not those who are in need. We do not envision ourselves as a corrupt failure, but rather living the life we’ve always wanted through hard work. We do not admire those on the streets begging for money but rather we are inspired by those who are successful and have contributed to the advancement of the human society and our technology. We admire the many successful artists that inspire us, scientists who have reached new limits for the human species, heroes that live to serve and protect us, successful leaders that make good decisions and innovators that have made new technology to keep our lives simple. Our society honors these hard-working, successful people and praises them for their contributions. It is their “Puritan” work ethic that plays a huge role in encouraging them to keep working until their goals have been accomplished. The young Americans in our society acknowledges that in order for success, we must keep that “Puritan” work ethic among us. It is hard, competent work that takes us into a better position, the next step towards our goal in life, not by corrupt actions or being able to somehow inherit these qualities without working. We young Americans understand that laziness will derail us from the right tracks toward our goals and delay or prevent us from reaching that point in our lives. In order for that American success to arise, the “Puritan” work ethic is still in our blood, thus new names of successful people are introduced to our lives regularly.