• Hey Owen, thank you for reading my essay. I liked that you brought up confucianism. I remember learning about that in history last year. I also read the article, so thank you for giving me that source. I might have to use that source in some of my other reading.

  • As Americans we all have similar values and morals.  We have these similar values because we are a united country, but we don’t think about what shapes these values.  Where do these values come from? What s

    • Hello Jack. I thought your take on where American Values came from was interesting and agreed with most. According to Trevor Holmes (https://trevor.help/part-2-series-on-values/), you gain your major values between ages 8 to 13. This means that most people will learn from their families about their values. One sentence that stood out to me was when you talked about how family was the most important thing in our lives. This reminded me of Confucianism because one of the main beliefs of it, is that family is important. Thank you for your article. It made me reevaluate where values are formed.

      • Hey Owen, thank you for reading my essay. I liked that you brought up confucianism. I remember learning about that in history last year. I also read the article, so thank you for giving me that source. I might have to use that source in some of my other reading.

    • Hi Jack,
      I thought your post on where American values come from was very intriguing and I agree with what you’re saying. Families play a very big role in who we are and what we believe in. In addition to family, I think friends also play an important role. According to M.Farouk Radwan, MSc., friends can impact our beliefs on things such as views on different topics. I think, in general, the people who we surround ourselves with, including family, can make a big impact on us. Overall, I really enjoyed reading your post. It gave me an interesting perspective on where American values come from.

      Link to article by M.Farouk Radwan, MSc: https://www.2knowmyself.com/how_can_friends_affect_your_life

  • jack commented on the post, United We Stand 8 months, 4 weeks ago

    I agree with what you said, that’s where the never-ending improvement comes in. We might not be as united as we have been in the past but that doesnt mean we can’t change that. My hope is in my lifetime that America will come back to its united roots we had in the beginning.

  • jack wrote a new post, United We Stand 9 months ago

    Since I grew up in America, being an American should be nothing new to me, but the concept of being an American is a lot more complicated than what I first thought.  To an outsider, being an American is nothing

    • Hi Jack, I really appreciate your outlook on what it means to be American. I do however have a question about your stance on unity in this country. As talked about in this article around political polarization, Americans are more divided than ever about which political stance they take. Along with that we’ve already had a civil war that divided the country in two. So I was just wondering what you have to say about the seemingly unmendable divide in this country’s politics.

      • I agree with what you said, that’s where the never-ending improvement comes in. We might not be as united as we have been in the past but that doesnt mean we can’t change that. My hope is in my lifetime that America will come back to its united roots we had in the beginning.

    • Hi Jack, I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree that being united doesn’t necessarily mean that people will have the same culture. Instead, it means helping and supporting each other. I do think that it has been a struggle for America to maintain unity. Discrimination is still a problem today and has been for a long time. I hope that the never-ending need for improvement, which you stated, can help fix these issues. I think you should look at this article that talks about popular sovereignty, which connects to the idea of improvement because it mentions that if a government is not protecting, then it should be removed from power by the people being governed (Kelly).

      Kelly, Martin. “What Is Popular Sovereignty?” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 30 July 2019, http://www.thoughtco.com/popular-sovereignty-105422.

  • I like how you talked about American values different for different people. I thought that was interesting. I also like how you compared America freedom to countries that don’t have as much freedom. I really enjoyed reading your article.

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