I left the USA at the age of 7. I came back at 12. When I went to the first day of 7th grade, everyone was asking who I was. I didn't know a single person when I first came to this school. I told them that I was in Germany for five years. They think Germany is the worst country ever. I was astounded. By this time I had already realized how apparently paranoid and uncivilized I thought many Americans were. Especially the "mature" adults. These people have probably never been outside their own state. They are born in Maryland, go to school in Maryland, go on a vacation to Washington D.C. and then work in Maryland for the rest of their lives. And they call other countries boring? They've been there? I've been to: Poland Germany Czechoslovakia Austria Switzerland Wales England Belgium Spain Italy Holland Vatican Yes, I'm sure they know better than me about what it's like over there. I was (and still am) very homesick for Germany. America has no culture, it has not been around long enough: But it does. Its culture is consumerism. Its government is the latest scam. Its traditional food is a Triple-Size Extra Greasy Big Mac. A "well traveled" kid is one who has been outside his own state. Its "poster boy" personality is the one who is dumb and proud of it. Truly, when we are forced to say the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of class I feel like refusing. Republic for which it stands? One nation? Yes, one nation constantly close to civil war because of extreme amounts of freedom. Moment of silence? Yes, sure, for people who are dying for their cause. Yes, I admire their bravery to die for anything, but for what? For the previously described traits? Are they proud of that? Since when did the USA turn into the worldwide police force, and the President the Commander in Chief of the World? Frankly, I don't trust the government and I wonder how it came this way. I really don't remember this stuff from when I was younger. Blame me for being unpatriotic if you like, but I'm proud not to follow something until I grow and find out what different cultures are really like. I'm sorry if I've insulted anybody this way, but this is what I see every day, and if you want to change my mind you'll have to show me something better. What's your view on the average American?
7th December 2003
Can't say much about the average American as I've never been to the US (which might change next year), it seems to me though as if many of the things you don't like about the US are becoming more popular over here.
It's interesting that you should say it's culture is consumerism, I've always thought that perhaps Australia wasn't much different(sadly), but I still love living here. But I understand what you mean with the ignorant idiots, who are convinced all other countries are crap/boring/whatever.
I am an American - and you left one important one off - Stupid. :beer:
wjlaslothe2ndone nation constantly close to civil war because of extreme amounts of freedom.
What exactly does that mean? Is there a such thing as too much freedom? Close to civil war??? The United States has been politically polarized as of late, but to say it is close to civil war is utter nonsense. I have been to all the states east of the Mississippi River (which by the way, covers more area than all the countries you've listed) and several other countries. Some of them (England, Wales, Spain, Egypt, and Germany in particular) are beautiful and facinating but they are not "home". I can understand that you would feel out of place here - you spent a significant portion of your childhood elsewhere. But consider the source of those who referred Germany as "boring". 7th graders was it? Not all Americans are uncultured, self involved morons.
There is a large amount of idiots and they are increasing in number.
wjlasloThe2nd;4041731extreme amounts of freedom.
Something tells me that this comment is going to spark some interesting debate.
wjlasloThe2ndI was astounded. By this time I had already realized how apparently paranoid and uncivilized I thought many Americans were. Especially the "mature" adults.
So, what if many Americans are uncultured?
Aeroflotte;4041844So, what if many Americans are uncultured?
So, what if many voters are stupid?
Let me have an argument with wjlasloThe2nd.