Work ethic

I read about quiet quitters, workers who do just enough to get by, who don’t want to go back to the office, who don’t think they get all they deserve.

Then I found this about my great grandfather.

Circa 1920


  1. 7 out 8 of my great grandparents came to America around 1900 (legally) from Germany and Italy. The 8th was already here in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. I always wondered how hard things must have been for them in order for them to want to travel across an ocean to live. Even the illegals coming to the United States today are willing to risk their lives to live and work here.

    Currently. we have some people who do not want to leave their nice houses to work after the government told them and in some cases, paid them to stay home. In reality, most people have not seen real hardship in the United States since WWII. May they don’t know the importance of work anymore.

    We do have a major homeless problem that is the result of addiction and mental health issues but those people are not the quit quitters of today wanting their safe spaces.

    Being on welfare used to be shameful but now it is encouraged through vote buying. The government offers one program or tax break after another. In the end, these programs are too costly and do not seem to have the end result that they promise for the masses. Meanwhile, more and more people are willing to make no effort.


  2. He was a very dedicated and committed employee. Did his employer appreciate him? That kind of dedication is more likely to be taken for granted by companies today.


    1. I wasn’t alive in 1920 but I believe people were grateful to have a job back then. I am almost 80 and do remember there were ration booklets, no welfare $ to choose what food you needed. You received a big block of cheese, rice, butter not sure what else. I remember my parents talking about the ‘poorhouse’ Mom made our clothes. We were required to be out of bed by 7:30AM, had choirs to do and were expected to be respectful and kind. My childhood has wonderful memories. No one was entitled! Miss the morals and life as it was. Love the technology and advancements since then. We should all take a deep breath and appreciate each day that we have and work in our own way to make it better all.


    2. He worked for a city government so who knows. My family ran the city poor house and farm since just after the civil war. The poor house building is still there only now it houses nuns and the surrounding farm is all developed of course.


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