Essay about America 's Crisis Of Values

1314 Words Sep 8th, 2016 6 Pages
“Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified, terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” (Pohlmeyer, 2013.). These are words of the 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in his 1933 speech, commonly known as, ‘Nothing to Fear but Fear Itself’. In an era where America was going through a downward spiral, with 25% of its citizens being unemployed, as well as a dust bowl sweeping through the Oklahoma area, taking out the agriculture in the Midwest, and shrinking the values of many Americans, but President Roosevelt addressed there is more to be thankful for, and not be corrupted by the power of fear. Decade, decade after decade, even century after century, people have been divided on different issues, morals, and beliefs. In the book, America’s Crisis of Values: Reality and Perception, the five core values that make up American ideology include liberty, egalitarianism, individualism, populism, and laissez-faire (Baker, 2006.), as well as the values that are more broad, such as secular values, religious values, family values, economic values, as well as others (Baker, 2006.). In society, America, as well as other societies, have grown to be more materialistic and have shied away from the core values of which their nation and people were founded upon. We tend to ask if we have enough, simply looking at the other people around us (The School of Life, 2015.), and people that we may see on television. Happiness is comparative and…

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