During this methodology to formulate and promote

During the times of early American settlements, work ethic was contrived
from deep-rooted religious beliefs. The ethical philosophy of the time that
Benjamin adopted was the Protestant work ethic. This concept emphasizes hard
work, discipline and frugalness. The Lord God took the man and put him in the
Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” (NIV, 1984 Genesis 2:15)
only to be interrupted by sin and God expelled man from the Garden of Eden. Since
the origins of mankind, survival was dependent on hard work and the concept of
building wealth was not a priority. According to Aish website, the Hebrew
belief system views work as a “curse devised by God explicitly to punish
the disobedience and ingratitude of Adam and Eve (Aish). Hebrew religion
emphasizes that we should work to live and not live to work. Hard work is a
means to obtain our wants and desirables. Over time the concept of work ethic
has changed and it still remains vital to survive today but in modern times, wealth
is now understood and desirable. Franklin uses this methodology to formulate and
promote a work ethic for early Americans.

             The work ethic in America was formed
by early settlers and by our founding fathers. In the 1700’s, Puritans and Quakers
eventually settled in America with hopes and aspirations of religious freedom
and luscious land to help make their cultivation easier. They were looking for
the American version of the Garden of Eden and not looking for more work in
order to maintain the land. These ideas of abundance and lusciousness would
allow these people to achieve a life of slow pace, one that everyone dreams of
and a personal goal of mine. However, the settlers quickly realized that they
did not get what they bargained for. This newfound America was a vast wilderness
that appeared to change topography often. Through hard work and determination,
the task of building a new world was a way to prove moral worth. This quest for
moral worth quickly created toil among the new settlers. The result was a new
world that was preoccupied with grinding labor from the very start. During the
era of Franklin and Poor Richards Almanac work of Americans was very hectic.
Settlers were occupied with tasks of harvesting, planting, and building. Work
ethic during this period the work ethic required severe dedication and
“was not a certain rate of business but a way of thinking” (Rogers 19).

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             Franklin provides ideals in his almanac
that gained him recognition and popularity that stood the test of time. Even today,
we still quote famous lines from his works. These ideals coincide with our
American work ethic. Franklin did not provide the basis for our work ethic
today because humans from the dawn of existence realize that had work is
required to survive. Franklin’s almanac simply provides insight into his virtue
and ethics which gained him wealth. His work is a great example of how he lived
his life and made his way in the New World. Our work ethic system in America is
comprised of these basic ideas found in The
Way to Wealth.

             Work ethic is a virtue that places
value on doing a job correctly, which is based on a belief that it has positive
value. Many believe that work ethic today is cultivated by experiences in which
we continue to gain responsibility. “Just as the people of the mid
nineteenth century encountered tremendous cultural and social change with the
dawn of the industrial age, the people of the late twentieth century
experienced a tremendous cultural and social shift with the advent of the
information age” (Hill 10). Our work ethic today is no different from that
in the times of Franklin and his adages. Our virtue and ethic is based on hard
work and diligence, fairness, honesty, integrity, positive thinking and many
more ways in which we could describe how we obtain wealth. Work ethic tells us
if we work hard and put forth a valiant effort, we can master our own fate
through hard work. People sometimes fail to do this according to Franklin as he
describes Sloth. “Sloth like Rust, consumes faster than labor wears, while
the used key is always bright” (Franklin 237). This passage is a personal
favorite as it does explain a pitfall of work ethic. Virtue and wealth cannot
be acquired by idleness and laziness. Hasn’t everyone, at one time or another
heard the adage “Early to bed, and early to rise, makes a Man healthy, wealth,
and wise” (Franklin 237). One of the many blunt underlying themes of the
work is sloth. Franklin makes it very clear that wealth is obtained from hard
work, not idleness and laziness. We should also obtain reasonable wants. We
cannot further our wealth by overstating the present. “Great estates may
venture more, but little boats should keep near shore” (Franklin 240). Franklin’s
proverbs provide many other examples of ways to obtain wealth. Main ideas such
as devotion to work, importance of family, reasonable wants, idleness, and
frugality embody the central theme of Franklin’s idea on wealth. By combining
all these ethics together, like Franklin during the early America one is
certain to obtain virtue and wealth. The mere fact that we have to work to
avoid poverty and destitution gives us motivation to work. The fact that hard
work provides wealth creates a goal for us to be wealthy. It is obvious that not
all can obtain wealth in the form of money, but everyone can obtain wealth in
some form through hard work. Ethics, like those portrayed in The Way to Wealth show us the importance
of ethic in the workplace.