originally posted by: InTheLight
According to the like/dislike map, your nearest neighbour - Canada - is not impressed.
I am going to book mark this map. I read repeatedly on these forums people claim that "the french hate America", and this clearly shows what I have
tried to explain- France is one of the most favorable towards America.
To me, they seem rather uninformed and ignorant about America, their idealisation surprises me. But I say nothing.
That article, (www.macleans.ca...
) I hate to say, does express some truths. For a few years, I was active
on a forum that was largely midwestern americans (horse stuff) and I cannot describe how often they would get upset if someone used "upitty words".
Speaking correctly was attacked regularly as trying to confuse and "make others feel bad".
Even I began to give in to the pressure and try to write like an ignorant ass, to avoid the flood of hostility.
The hatred of all other countries was loudly expressed, and mostly by those who had little to no idea where these countries were or what they were
like. It made me sad to see this aspect of my own motherland and culture.
But I stopped frequenting that site, and was happy to find a level of wisdom higher in some other forums, which gave me hope. At least here, people do
not think Paris is a country. (in general).
The thing is, where I am from in the US, and in my family and friends, I didn't witness the same ignorance, hostility, or lack of education. It made
me think that, the US being such a mix of extremes, there really is some of everything- you can find brilliance and "dumb as a rock"; you can find
extremely poor and extremely rich; you can find the good, bad, beautiful and ugly.
One thing they have in common though, is a repulsion to mediocrity- whatever you are, or are doing, it should go to an extreme.
That gives fodder for anyone that wants to worship, or condemn, the entire nation.
edit on 22-8-2014 by Bluesma because: (no reason