The definition of the Work Ethic is a belief that hard work and diligence have a moral benefit, virtue or value to strengthen character and individual abilities. I agree with the definition. But it didn’t originate with per se. It originated with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden. Adam was hard working and industrious in the garden of Eden. When Eve was decieved by the serpent (devil) and ate of the forbidden tree, then got Adam to eat it. They were both removed from the garden of Eden because of their sin against God. God told Adam the earth was cursed because of his sin. It wouldn’t yield anything but thorns and thistles. God said by the sweat of your brow shall you eat. So, Adam had to farm the land to eat. It has never changed. People still have to work the earth. The Work Ethic is a good thing. God does bless the effects of people who work. And God also dealt with the sin problem. This is why Jesus came and died and rose again. Ask for forgiveness and you shall receive.