Unformatted text preview: for most Americans. Those who have an opportunity for higher education and do not take it are sometimes viewed as doing something "wrong" -not merely as making a bad choice, but as somehow being involved in an immoral act. 14. Religiosity. There is a feeling that "every true American ought to be religious." This does not mean that everyone is expected to join a church, synagogue, or mosque, but that everyone ought to acknowledge a belief in a Supreme Being and follow some set of matching precepts. This value is so pervasive that Americans stamp "In God We Trust" on their money and declare in their national pledge of allegiance that they are "one nation under God." 15. Romantic love. Americans feel that the only proper basis for marriage is romantic love. Songs, literature, mass media, and "folk beliefs" all stress this value. They especially love the theme that "love conquers all."...
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- Spring '10
- Sociology, Pledge of Allegiance, U.S. Society, earlier U.S. society