December 01, 2004

Why John Henry?

Why does society choose a person like John Henry to represent thier morals, values, and work ethics? Is a legend or person like John Henry the ideal? I think the legend of John Henry represents how our society got to be where it is today. He represents the hard work and labor that formed the instrustrial revolution and developed steel, and cut through mountains to make railroads. However I do not think John Henry would be the ideal model for our new moderate times. An ideal figure today would be an athlete, a corporate executive, an actor/actress, a rock star or singer, or pretty much anyone who lives beyond the boundaries of the norm. John Henry stood for a class of people who were happy just getting by, being in a free country, and were proud to live and work for what they had. Our standards today have sky rocketing from such a simple expectation. He have progressed into a society that sets their standards on material things and income rather than pride and honesty. Cosmo and Maxim can tell you who they think makes the ideal person (male and female), but do those figures represent our morals and values as a soceity? We have abandoned our sense of working hard for something, both physically and mentally. I don't know to many people who work really hard (blood, sweat, tears, back aches, feet hurt, tired kind of thing) for a living. Mentally, we don't have to do much work at all, computers, calculators, cell phones, and all sorts of things think for us. Truth be told I could have copied and pasted this whole blog entry from somewhere else and wouldn't have had to think for more than 5 minutes. I didn't but I could have.
So who is John Henry? Whether he's real or not, he's not just a legend but he represents how we started this country. John Henry also holds true to the many reasons why we should regress back to those hard working time periods and realize what matters. What our ideals should be and the values that we hold close as a society.

Posted by JessicaZelenak at December 1, 2004 12:40 PM

Your blog entry is very similar to mine! I think that you are totally right when it comes to why John Henry was even ever talked about. I think the Legend of John Henry was even passed on was because it showed great morals. People all over the world look up to this character and I think that is what the whole point is of John Henry. You should take a look at my blog so you can read some of the ideas that I had also!

Posted by: Gina at December 1, 2004 01:09 PM
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