The third trend is a family. It would be correct to say that love of the own family comes first for any American. This point of view is not only widely accepted in society; it is deliberately cultivated and trained in it (Bruun and Getzen, 1995). Many contemporary TV programs or popular series are devoted to the idea of a good family; people discuss this topic and dream about the own good family day after day. In addition, the traditional family values include the basic human values such as love and respect for parents and for children, as well as for all other family members.
The next trend is privacy. Many American laws are oriented on the protection of personal privacy and no one shall be subjected to interference with his own and family privacy, neither arbitrary (or unlawful) interference with his home or correspondence privacy, nor to unlawful attacks on his honor or reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference.
Finally, we can also dwell on American aspiration to the future among the most important values in American ideology. The constant striving for a better future is a source of inexhaustible optimism of Americans. Nowadays Americans are optimistic about the future and confident that God would not hurt them, they only need new efforts to achieve wealth and prosperity. They believe that there are rational ways to overcome difficulties, and if this requires some action then it is important to take them as fast as possible.
In conclusion, we have observed current trends in American values, dwelling on the most popular of them with all necessary details.
Baker, Wayne E. America’s Crisis of Values: Reality and Perception. Princeton University Press, 2004.
Bruun, Erik and Getzen, Robin. The Book of American Values and Virtues. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 1995.