posted on Jul, 9 2010 @ 02:30 PM
Originally posted by Dermo
Originally posted by ProjectJimmy
Believe it or not, the government is not always out to get you, sometimes you can rely upon it to help. I know that there is a sentiment in the
United States that reliance upon the government is weakness, but this is not a universally shared idea.
It can be hard at times to get this across to American folk.. the idea is the polar opposite to general US thinking.
I fear your explanation may be lost.
Well let's start with a very simple but interesting one, verbs:
The people of the United States call themselves Americans
. This is primarily a name derived from the land, and is independent of governmental,
religious, ethnic or cultural distinction. Therefore it can be said that the principal identifier for the peoples of the United States is
locational, which makes perfect sense when the diversity of idea and people that exists in the United States. One can be from anywhere, believe
anything and hail to any faith and still be of America.
The people of the United Kingdom, as a whole, refer to themselves as British
. This is a name of government, for it is the name chosen for the
largest island in Europe in the Acts of Union 1707. The name Great Britain for the island is Greek in origin, being called Britannia, which was also
the name of the Roman province. Originally and locally the island was known as Albion.
The point of all of this is how we interact with our government through our identifiers. Americans, identify independent of government for there is
cultural pride in the United States for independence and self-governance. While the British, who trace their verb back to a government union, take
pride in the inclusion that such brings us. We are in this together, pulling for a better something, while Americans strike out and make a better
These kind of differences speak to greater political leanings and lead to a lot of misunderstanding between our people philosophically. It is part of
why socialism is not a dirty word in the UK, but it is in the US.
[edit on 9-7-2010 by ProjectJimmy]