Family Values and How They Relate to Citizenship

Essay by Jason WeaverHigh School, 11th gradeA, March 1997

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America's family values are very important to our citizens. For many

years the American family and its values have been one of the top priorities

of our nation. The family is even an essential part of the "American Dream"

that we Americans are so fond of. The basic idea of success in America is

measured by how well one can provide for their family. But what does

citezenship have to do with family values? It determines these values and set

a standard for the whole of America's people. Family values are of the

utmost importance to the American citizen.

Family values are basically the core of our way of living. They have

been important since, and even before, the very beginning of our civilization

, and certainly since the founding of the United States of America. Theories

suggest that even the primitive caveman was very loyal and respectful to his

particular family unit.

People of our time have followed these beginnings of

the ideas of family values and citizenship up until the present day. Today

however people are more diversified and separated in their ways but they all

share similar values of the family. A nation, being of mostly socially

compatible people, functions in a similar way as a family. The nation selects

its "national family values" by legislation which becomes law. Civilization,

over time, has brought about values which have become essential to all.

Family values have brought considerable amounts of happiness onto

us throughout the course of our history. Where would we be without love

and compassion? We would probably be in worldwide chaos if there still

even was a world left. People would only regard each other as just mild

acquaintances, there would be no friends, lovers, or married people

anywhere without such values. All people...