Lazowski American Creed

The Virtues of America.

By Andrew L. from Bay High School in Ohio

Since the conception of the United States of America, it has been a sought after place to live and perfect location to start a new life. America is a country where everybody is encouraged to dream, so that all citizens can advance the country.  At their core, Americans all have similar virtues, the most prominent of these being hard work, courage, acceptance, and unity.

One of the most common virtues shared by Americans is strong work ethic and a willingness to work hard. A high percentage of Americans are not born into wealth, and to become successful, hard work and a strong work ethic is needed. For many American's their most prideful trait is their hard work ethic, as they know that they may not be the smartest or strongest person in a given situation, but they will be the hardest working, which will win them the day. When hard work is persistent, good things will come to those who work for it, as it will be hard earned, and there are not many things that feel better than an accomplishment on your own shoulders as a byproduct of your own work.

A second shared, admirable virtue possessed by a large number of Americans is courage. Courage is a difficult virtue to place a value on, as it only comes out when you need it the most. Courage is a result of impulse, and happens faster than a snap of a finger. We often see instances of people with immense courage on the news or in our personal lives. Sometimes, it is someone saving a life. Other times, it is someone making the ultimate sacrifice, losing their own lives for the greater good and betterment of the country.

Thirdly, Americans must have a sense of acceptance of those around them. This has always been difficult for most, if not all Americans. Dating back to the early days of this country, many people were staunchly against the rapid influx of immigrants from Europe, and later Asia, into the country. Throughout the years, the role of discriminated shifted to women, african americans, and today the LGBT community. However, on the opposite side of discrimination is opportunity to advance your cause. We saw the women's rights movement in the late 1800s and the early 1900s, as well as the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s, while we see protests often now. Ultimately, these protests led to action, with the 19th amendment and Civil Rights Act of 1964 being some of the most talked about pieces of legislation today. It is imperative that Americans keep fighting for their beliefs and striving for acceptance for all groups of people.

It could be argued that the most important American virtue is unity. America prides itself on being a melting pot of cultures, religions, and all other types of classifications of people. The first word in the official name of the country is the UNITED States of America, again showing that unity is one of the main pillars of American ideology. A different facet of unity contains the word - community. Community is also one of the most important parts of American culture and creed. When someone has a solid community around them, with strong family support and friendships, they can do what they set their mind to and rise to the top of America, one of the key ideas that America was founded on by our founding fathers. If we did not have unity, we would be fifty different states, countless counties, and even more towns and cities spanning from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans. But we are the United States of America, and we are committed to the betterment of society and humankind in genreal.

Bay High School

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