An American Holiday: The Moral Meaning Behind Thanksgiving

An American Holiday: The Moral Meaning Behind Thanksgiving

Ayn Rand described Thanksgiving as “a typically American holiday . . . its essential, secular meaning is a celebration of successful production. It is a producers’ holiday. The lavish meal is a symbol of the fact that abundant consumption is the result and reward of production.”

Celebrating Work: A Crucially Important Value

Celebrating Work: A Crucially Important Value

Work is a crucially important value. When productive, work gives us not only the material means of survival and enjoyment of life, but it is also the main source of self-esteem and provides a central purpose that makes the rest of our values achievable by helping prioritize them.