It seems as though we are in the midst of an unprofessional slump in history. Everywhere I go there seems to be people who are dishonest and uncaring, especially in their careers. My first and (as of now) last job, a grocery bagger, started out good, with hard-working employees who would work hard all day, and goof off after work and at lunch. By the time I left, it was nothing more than a band of nincompoops listening to music, disregarding the customers wishes, and other things too specific to the job to mention here. That's why I left the job, because all the employees like me, that worked hard and enjoyed going home knowing we put in a good day, had left; and I didn't like being associated with the rest of them. This, I am afraid, chronologically parallels the work ethic of America today. During the pre-depression era, where education wasn't mandatory and people worked 10 hour days for less-than-perfect salaries was the height of work-ethic in America; my first 6 months bagging. Now, with government hand-outs and everything becoming computerized, electronicized, and wireless, there seems to be no motivation or purpose to be hard-working. Everywhere you look people are slacking off on the job; this is around the time I stopped being a bagger. For example, at a store an cashier may talk endlessly on the phone while a customer waits to be checked-out. I have actually waited until the person hung up the phone and walked out, taking nothing with me and paying for nothing. However, I have checked out at a store and the cashier hung up the phone when she realized I was ready to buy my book. I considered letting her supervisor know how much I appreciated that. My point is, after my connections and rambling, is that there is considerably less professionalism and work-ethic in America than there used to be, and this leaves me with three emotions. Sadness, because customer service and quality of all things manufactured undoubtedly decreases. Fright, because who knows how things will turn out in the future. And hapiness, because I know that as long as when I am at work, I work it will be more recognized and more opportunities will come my way. Thank you for reading.