Responsibility: The Fourth Most Important Characteristic of America
AHEF believes that a simple yet distinct formula exists in American culture and society to explain America’s unparalleled success. This ingenious system of self-government, designed by the American Founders, has worked incredibly well to help millions of citizens live and work with dignity, peace, and happiness. This formula consists of four key historical characteristics or themes. The fourth is RESPONSIBILITY.
Responsibility – The fourth most important characteristic of the United States is Responsibility. What do Americans do with their unparalleled prosperity from Progress? Americans help their fellow man in this nation and worldwide with acts of generosity and volunteer initiatives. An astonishing 46%-48% of Americans donate and/or volunteer to support various causes and to help others less fortunate in America and around the world. This level of Responsibility and voluntary giving is unprecedented in world history, far exceeding that of any other country in history. This characteristic of Responsibility to help one’s fellow man comes from the American Bible-based view of love or charity and of doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.
Despite America’s great achievements, many groups and educational institutions routinely criticize and teach the American system and way of life as being irredeemably flawed, without recognizing its strengths and achievements. While understanding America’s imperfections is important for improvement, students and citizens must also learn to appreciate America’s successes and contributions. FUPRTM, America’s formula for success, when combined with its love for fellow man, reflects America’s great Judeo-Christian heritage. Each generation must learn anew this heritage in order to appreciate and maintain it for future generations. As Thomas Jefferson stated, “If a nation expects to remain ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.”
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