Americans and Complaining Analytical Essay by Nicky

A look at why Americans avoid complaining.
# 151033 | 1,105 words | 1 source | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on May 18, 2012 in Psychology (Behaviorism) , Psychology (General)

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This paper analyzes the cultural characteristics of Americans that discourages them from complaining. First, the paper discusses the messages given to children about being strong and dealing with adversity. Then it cites William F. Buckley, Jr's book entitled "Why Don't We Complain?" and its perspectives on this topic. Finally, the paper's author presents his own views on Americans not complaining, noting the role of the early colonists in shaping the American character of dealing with hardship. The paper concludes with the author stating that complaints do not get you anywhere.

From the Paper:

"Second, Americans know it's okay to be competitive. Yet, at the same time, it is very important to be PC--politically correct. This is a very confusing message. It is okay to do everything possible to get into a good college, including knocking other people out of the running, but it is not okay to call these people offensive names. It is un-American to call anyone a degrading name or to outwardly offend anyone. It is important to avoid using certain words or acting in a certain way that may upset women, people of color, the disabled, the poor, the ugly, the obese. You are not building yourself up by verbally cutting someone else down who is perceived less able, intelligent, beautiful, rich, or fortunate than yourself. That demeans you. You can only build yourself up by taking on a worthy competitor who is equal to you. Complaining to the conductor that it is hot is unjustified. One must be sensitive to these poor hardworking souls. Actually, it is another game that everyone is competing in. Who can keep quiet and not complain the longest. If you want to complain, then complain about your next door neighbor who just bought another new car..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bukley, William F. Buckley, Jr. "Why Don't We Complain?" 50 Essays. Ed. Samuel Cohen. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004. 64-70.

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