By looking at the Jewish community in the United States, and the Jehovah Witnesses, one can deduce the influence of the society towards determining the behavioral manifestation of its people. For instance, the American Jews have to look after themselves. Being a minority group, they barely have affiliation groups to depend on for financial support. As a consequence, they need to work very hard for them to satisfy both their basic and the secondary needs, especially in a country with a high cost of living. This is also coupled to their entrepreneurial livelihood, which in extension is affiliated to their religious beliefs towards the rewards of hard work. As a consequence, most of them immerse many riches, and this translates to their high financial status in comparison to other social groupings in the United States. For Jehovah Witnesses, their beliefs do not necessarily encourage capitalism. To some extent, property ownership is not given much weight. They also pull together to support the members and thus there isn’t much drive to earn more. This explains why they are among the lowest earners in the US.
Henslin statement on the influence of capitalism in promoting social inequality in the US is spot on. Unlike other socialist societies in the East who give its members a fair chance in life, most young people’s life is determined by the financial status of their parents. Without wealth, such a student is headed for failure in terms of landing a good college. With this gospel, the society has come to value credentials, so much that, gifted individuals have no chance to showcase their immense talents; such talents waste away in most capitalist societies. However, Henslin fails to point out that even in socialist societies, the population is clustered into social groups which are determined by birth. By observation, the society has always found a way to separate the rich and the poor. In capitalist societies, the measuring rod is financial wealth and in socialist societies, it’s the social class of one’s ancestors that determines one’s future.