People pick on John Adams, but he didn’t spring ex nihilo out of the New England mist. America was built, in large part, on the Puritan work ethic, and John Adams lived that ethic so well, even a trip for his health began to wear on him and seem frivolous. (He will call it, later in his journal “an idle jaunt.”) If Yelp had been around, Adams might have made landlords and tavern keepers bolt their doors. He judged a household on four standards: activity, industry, care and economy.
How would you measure up? How would any of us?
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