What Is An American Essay

1165 WordsNov 17, 20105 Pages
Nature can be perceived in vastly opposing directions depending on your culture, traditions, and religion. This perceived image of “what nature is” leads Americans and Natives to have contrasting viewpoints. These viewpoints are often the contributing factor in how one behaves and treats nature. To understand this question it is important to fully comprehend what distinguishes a person as an American. Edward L. Hudgins’ offers a great starting place. In his article What Is an American? Hudgins writes, “An American is anyone who loves life enough to want the best that it has to offer. Americans are not automatically satisfied with their current situation. My grand pop wanted to be more than a poor, landless tenant farmer, no better off than his ancestors. Americans look to more than the next meal; they look to the future, the long term, a better tomorrow (Hudgins)." Being an American I think this quote accurately describes the majority of American society. Americans are never satisfied with what they have and are always looking for more. However, depending on the context, this issue is similar to a double-edged sword. Americans can benefit from their labor trying to meet their desires, but these same desires sometimes become too much and are achievable only at the expense of natural resources and human safely. Therefore, the thought that tomorrow must always be better than today leads some to wonder when enough is going to be enough. Will Americans ever be happy with what they have or is “happiness” an impossible almost imaginary goal? Hudgins continues saying, “An American is anyone who understands that to achieve the best in life requires action, exertion, effort. Americans aren't idle daydreamers; they take the initiative (Hudgins)." Based on this author’s personal views it seems very unlikely that Americans will change their

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