By Andrew Friedrick
There is a stark difference between an individual who has worked diligently to earn a living and an individual who has a poor work ethic. Nobody denies that life is often difficult, and how a person reacts to a certain trial or phase in life is often a testament to that person’s character and maturity. A nation that understands gratefulness is full of mature and hardworking individuals who understand the importance of American values. A society filled with individuals who acknowledge that hard work produces success only exists in a capitalistic system. If you are dependent on the government to provide for you, you will lead a very unfulfilling and empty life.
Americans must be grateful they live in a free society with opportunity knocking at the door. They must be willing to work to be successful, as success does not come naturally. This will, in turn, produce individual maturity and a young American generation who understands the importance of capitalism.
In the wise words of Dennis Prager, founder of Prager University, “Yes, there is a “secret to happiness”—and it is gratitude. 1 All happy people are grateful, and ungrateful people cannot be happy. We tend to think it is unhappiness that leads people to complain, but it is truer to say it is complaining that leads to people becoming unhappy. Become grateful, and you will become a much happier person. If we teach young Americans the founding principles of our country instead of hatred for them, more individuals will be happy instead of ungrateful. To understand and acknowledge the beauty of freedom and opportunity will result in gratefulness. A young generation filled with ingratitude will result in the downfall of America.
Andrew Friedrick was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. He will be attending the University of North Florida in the fall. He loves all things related to sports, enjoys the outdoors, and is passionate about politics.