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Modern Americans Vs. Puritans

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Are we or are we not? That is the question. Does the current generation of Americans have the same values and morals of the Puritans of the 1600's? Some would say yes and others would say no. This paper will show both sides of the argument. It will discuss whether or not we share the values of self-reliance and honesty like the Puritans treasured. This essay will discuss the importance of the family and home to the Puritans and compare that to today's standards. It will also discuss other issues not listed above.
Honesty was an important value of the Puritans. They were a very religious people and it was a sin to lie. Honesty was stressed to children as they were growing up. In today's society, that is not so true.
Parents do not care that much about honesty. They would like their children to live an honest life but they do not stress it as much as the Puritans did. This world is made up of lies. It was once said, 'History is a set of lies agreed upon.' That could very well be true. Many of today's infamous jobs are known for their lying skills. A lawyer in today's society is taught to lie. Lying is a big part of today's society, and the Puritans would not have liked that very much. They would have been rather upset.
The Puritans believed that self-reliance was a key to a successful life. They believed that if everyone took care of themselves, there would be no problems. Relying on someone else is very risky. What if they do not pull through? What if they leave you high and dry? What are you going to do now? If they relied on themselves, their life would be in their own hands and they would be in control. In modern America, though, people are not taught to rely on themselves. Many people are homeless and they rely on the government for money, food, clothes, and homes. They do not go out and take their life into their own hands. They live their whole life relying on someone else to do the work for them. It is not fair to the rest of the people that are self-reliant and can take care of themselves.
The family and home were probably one of the biggest values of the Puritans. The Puritans stressed ...

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