Weber’ s take on Protestant ethic I can relate to. I see this in churches even now in our modern world. Money is seen only as a way to make ends meet, it is not here to make us happy because it’s “the root of all evil.” But to see that this ideology has been used to be a rational idea of where is it used to be a means of production, shocked me. I would have never thought that while the thought of asceticism was around to curb the greed that would have been prevalent in a new capitalist society.
In America, it was that same idea that turned the economy into a rationalized society where asceticism is used to be able to enjoy life. It’s this idea that we see in our youths now, where the concept of working hard and playing harder has a strong effect on how we work and plan our lives. We have the idea that working hard pays off in the future and there is a means to an end.
In my opinion, this idea doesn’t fit in life at all, for the simple fact that, because we are all trying to find that means to an end, not everybody will find it. It would be better if we can find something in life that will makes us happy to do. Because of the type of society we live in, making it to the top is a fight and not everybody is built for that fight.
My opinion of the Protestant Ethic, of asceticism, of refraining from indulging and enjoying the money you make is extreme, but the concept of working to have a comfortable living is more obtainable, then working to make more money then you need for self, or family.