In The Protestant Ethic, Marx Weber explored the rationalizing tendencies current in the Western society and the role of these ideas in shaping them. Weber argues that the spirit of modern capitalism sees profit as an end of itself. He then correlates this avarice with religion (i.e. Protestantism and Calvinism) noticing a similar manifestation. When capitalism emerged overtaking the current religions, the pursuit for success rooted in these religions took its own form: the ethnic that one must work hard and continue to make money without enjoying life’s pleasures – this is the Protestant Ethic.
Interestingly, modern society in America, today, does not follow this protestant ethic. We work hard to make money in order to enjoy our lives. One could say our societal mindset revolves around consumerism. Without our money, the bridge to satisfaction would be gone; our lives will feel empty, boring or even unfulfilling.