|Values Americans Live By (L. Robert Kohls) *|
* L. Robert Kohls, Meridian House International, Washington, D.C. 1984
We believe we have the right to alter nature for our own purposes and to exert control over the natural world to the extent we are able; fate is in our hands.
Change is good and is associated with progress and improvement and is considered essential to development.
3. Time & Its Control is important
considered an important commodity and needs to be used wisely, leading to emphasis on
time management and adhering to schedules.
is a central belief in the basic equality of opportunity for human beings and
equal protection under the law, as well as equal social treatment.
person is considered a unique individual and a high value is placed on
personal style and action. Privacy is valued as necessary time to one’s
self and is often jealously protected against intrusions.
is based upon what one does for oneself, and getting ahead requires individual
is viewed as natural and positive and free enterprise is the preferred
economic system to facilitate this process.
Belief that “the best is yet to come” makes Americans stress the future rather than the past or present; we generally have optimistic expectations.
engagement and planning is seen as useful. “Don’t
just stand there, do something” is a basic American attitude. One’s
identity is derived significantly from what one does for a living. Busy is
is on a casual approach to many things including social interactions,
clothes, and communication styles.
Sincerity is thought to be demonstrated by the degree of open and frank discussion involved. Honesty is equated with a certain bluntness and directness. Little ritualism is tolerated and “telling it like it is” admired.
works” is valued, realistic assessments preferred to philosophic
speculations, and making things "better" and "faster" applauded.
goods and services is a natural reward for hard work, and doing so seen as a