A friend last week, who is an international student here as USC, asked me to describe to her, in general, American culture. At first I thought of the “mixing pot” bullshit that I was taught in elementary school, and after about 30 seconds of nothing coming to mind, I simply described American culture very similarly to capitalism.
I told her that American culture is very different in different parts of the country, I believe the same can be said about business practices around the country. I also said that American culture varies by class, as well. You can see the similarities there too. And after a few minutes of fumbling around with a concept that I had no idea of I realized that America is cultureless. We accept whatever is thrown at us. We do not create the new trends, we wait for them to come out and then pass ourselves off as “trend setters.”
Whatever happened to the America that invented the first of everything? Most of the amazing stuff that I can think of was invented in America, but recently it seems like everything is coming in from oversees. Does anyone still remember American pride? Part of that is being proud of yourself and your own ideas as well, not simply the ideas that are popular at the time.
Let’s stop criticising people for the clothes that they wear, or for the car that they drive, and instead, let’s NOT criticise and Work Hard! Hard Work is not just for the poor, it’s for everyone. Work disciplines the mind as well as the body, and is as essential to a healthy mind as REM sleep.
And going back to my original idea, and tying it back to my tangent, I believe that the culture in America was lost somewhere when we lost our work ethic. And I believe that the two go hand in hand. If you have nothing to tie you down, what makes you appreciate the times when you are untied? And in this time of untied Americans, I say lets re-enact the Leash Law.
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