I'm a descendant of the Utah pioneers, who fled the religious persecution in Missouri, and eventually made their way to the Salt Lake valley. Although I have never pulled a handcart (You actually can go on "treks" and pretend you are a pioneer!) I do think some of those pioneer ideals have made their way to my generation as they have been passed from parent to child.
First of all, you can't discount the power of their religious faith that was passed to my generation. Although each person must be converted for themselves, still we have inherited a tradition of faith in God. We have also inherited many stories of how God blessed and helped them in miraculous ways.
I like to think that my pragmatism came from my ancestors as well. I lived with my grandmother for a time, and learned from her that we in this modern time are much too worldly. We can make do with what we have, despite what marketing companies want us to believe. Many things that we think of as necessities, are in fact luxuries. I remember watching my grandmother use her old fashioned washer, which had a "wringer" through which she would wring the water out of the clothes. Many times I have helped her hang laundry on the line, because she had no electric dryer for most of her life. And every morning she brought in wood to put in the wood stove to heat her house. Thankfully, I never had to use the old outhouse! :)
It's sad to see the current generation developing a "sense of entitlement". Because they have lived lives of luxury, they feel they deserve it, and often neglect learning how to work. It's fine to have the luxuries of life, as long as we retain the values that helped our ancestors make this world prosperous!
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