posted on Apr, 6 2014 @ 09:38 PM
reply to post by Puppytoven
Perhaps it isn't about the "United States of America", perhaps it is about the idea behind it.
What do I mean by this?
Well, the USA is simply a collection of lines drawn on a map. Nothing more. In the same way that hockey fans of one team may despise others at match
time, it is all just a collection of ideas. We put our faith in an imaginary thing.
The fans of that hockey team (let's call them the A-team) assume that theirs is the better team. However, the B-team fans say that their team is
better. You can be assured that fans of both teams will have all sorts of theories about what makes their team the best, but what it all comes down to
are the people that make up that team.
The United States isn't the only "free country". In fact there are plenty of "free" countries in the world. I have friends in Australia who are
quite happy to say they live in the "free world". The IDEA of the USA being the centre of the free world, is a little misguided. Certainly there are
people in the US who would have you believe that the President is about to declare Martial Law and have everyone rounded up into FEMA camps. Others
would argue the total opposite.
But, back up a little... these are just like the fans of the A-team and B-team. Their views are subjective. They have arrived at their conclusions as
a result of peer influence, biased opinions, (possibly) bigotry, and a million other reasons besides.
Perhaps it isn't about the idea of the United States at all. What if it was simply time to acknowledge that as delcared in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights, that we are all "born free and equal" wherever we are. That our choices reflect our circumstances, that by staying silent and doing
nothing warlords can roam free to kill indiscriminately or that by actively participating in our communities we really can feed and clothe the poor or
homeless - regardless of what flag flies overhead.
Perhaps I'm generalising too much, and being a bit too utopian for this time of night. Who knows...
I just wanted to add my thoughts on an interesting topic.