Are just a few countries that have provided more to the world as a whole (throught history that is) than the US.
They have influenced our languages, technologies, sceinces, and yes even in our belief systems
invented fireworks, silk, block printing and paper which meant absolutely nothing to the rest of the world until a Westerner (Marco
Polo) was instrumental in introducing them to the rest of the world, and until other Westerners (e.g., Roger Bacon, Johann Gutenberg) made them
invented concrete and the arch. They did not give language to the rest of us; their empire spread their own Latin which evolved into
other languages, just like any other language evolves. The most important language of today -- the world language -- is a Germanic language, English,
which is the world language beause it is spoken and promulgated by the United States.
gave us democracy, if you consider "democracy" meaning that each adult male who wasn't a helot or a slave could vote. Greece,
although it could
be said to have saved Western Civilization, also gave us fratricidal miniwars among the city-states. (And by the way, the
"Saving the Western Civilization" brag would have to be shared with, at a minimum, Charles Martel at Tours in 732, and John of Austria at Lepanto in
gave us large ruins, a fascinating but irrelevant written language in hieroglyphics, and the concept of pet cats.
If you want a culture which has influenced our belief systems, then it's hands down the Jews
, whose religion is the foundation for Judaism,
Christianity, and Islam.
For mass industrialization, it was England
, which preceded the rest of the world by a half century.
For the concept of equality, it'd be a pick between the French philosophes
and the English
again, which gave us Runnymede in
1215, and the Mayflower Compact in 1620, both direct and obvious precursors to that world chef d'ouvre
, the Constitution of the United
And finally, for the basis of a government of laws not men, the United States of America
for its development and implementation of its
Constitution, far and away the greatest document of the past 2000 years, which has spawned every single other constitution
then, and thus has expanded the rule of law (theoretically) the the entire world.