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The United States of America. A country founded by colonists who were seeking a place to be free to worship in whatever kind of church they wished. To be free from Britian's way.
originally posted by: dampnickers
Didn't you already start a thread about this?
You could have just edited your OP on the other thread...
That aside, here's what I added to the other thread. But before posting that, I'd like to say that you aren't alone in your line of thinking, and there are lots of other people in various countries around the world (some of whom I know personally) who feel the same about their home nation - that it's 'going to pot', and when crimes by government are reported they are laughed at or treated like imbeciles....
From the other thread.
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...
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originally posted by: kwakakev
It sounds like one of your problems is that you are a boat rocker. In this big, complex crazy world people are flat out just dealing with there own stuff, they do not want to hear about problems that they cannot do anything about. One tip for dealing with seemingly insurmountable issues is to just start on a smaller piece of it. If you try and fix everything you will just spread your resources and capabilities too thin, just making more stress for yourself. If you can just focus and fix one small part of it then you are achieving something real and making a difference.