I've not come across a finer means of illustrating the origins of our Western work ethic than this video featuring a recycled Japanese game. Why did't we have 8-Bit Philosophy back when I was in college?
In a way it's ironic. Here I am watching a video about how Calvinism and Capitalism came together to inform the American workforce, instilling the need to work hard for personal reward and spiritual salvation -- for free over the internet. No doubt the folks at Wisecrack put a lot of work and research into the video, but in order to receive its message all I had to do was press a button.