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originally posted by: Finspiracy
a reply to: makemap
Well there, is this site not a proof that the are many and many of American people who are aware, and nice to others while at it? And that video... like someone stated, stupid people saying stupid stuff. Haven't you ever seen a video on youtube that featured an intelligent and warm kind of American person?
originally posted by: Nyiah
I can see that English isn't your native tongue, so I can give you a pass on the wording. I assume you mean something more along the lines of "Why do Americans look down upon everyone else" or similar.
The simple answer is that we have a horrible, undeserved superiority complex bolstered by a LOT of arrogance. That renders the majority of Americans to behave like much of the posters in this thread have -- in a petty, mocking, disrespectful, holier-than-thou manner to the rest of the world. Despite knowing better, knowing we're conditioned to act like this, most Americans continue to do so out of the belief that we mere 300+ million people are somehow still better than billions of others. We even treat each other like this, be it by state differences, local region differences, geographic region differences, etc. It's practically beat into us to believe we are infinitely better than the next guy, fellow citizen or otherwise.
It's actually a pretty s#ty cultural trait for us, and foreigners can definitely spot it outright. But that's mostly because we don't even try to hide it. This attitude on a world scale never lasts too long, and neither does the culture that perpetuates it. Rome is a pretty good example of having been "too big for their britches", as the phrase goes.