posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 06:41 AM
I think I need to answer to this question, because I have criticized America before on boards- I even have a recent thread I started on this site in
which I criticized certain aspects of the culture.
Part of my personality is that I am more critical of myself than anyone else. Chalk that up to being a Capricorn, or to just being a person who wholly
soaked up the values of independance, autonomy, self mastership and discipline that were impressed upon me at a young age in my american
To be independant, autonomous, and self disciplining, it is imperative to stay very aware of your shortcomings and weaknesses in order to be able to
correct them and progress. You have to be self critical.
Other more social conscience focused cultures (less into individuality) impress relying on each other to point out our weaknesses and shortcomings
instead. This is how members each help each other.
So I DO criticize MY country as an extension of myself, and ONLY with fellow americans. It cannot be constructive criticism to voice it to
When I am on french sites, I criticize the french, as that too, has become with time an extension of myself, and to critisize them with non-french
people cannot be constructive.
As an american, I see it as part of my duty to have a critical mind as to what we are doing, and as a french citizen it is my duty to have a critical
mind as to what we are doing there.
Now, two things on the phenomenon you refer to on a larger scale-
One- The US has been a big world power and has been very visible about that and wanted recognition. More attention you get, the more people focus on
you! Like being in the spot light, your faults show up more under all that attention than if you were more in the shadows.
Two- Because fo the forementioned quality of our culture (where independance calls for critical self awareness) I see often Americans criticizing
themselves a lot, while others are ALSO criticizing them.
You get a problem there- we have been taught, pay attention to yourself and not your neighbor!
Many other cultures have been taught- be your brothers keeper, help him be aware of when and how they are #ing up, and accept that they do that for
There is a culture clash there. See? We show respect to others by NOT criticizing , they show respect by criticizing , and intents are misinterpretted
Most of all, in the view of most recent criticisms, the GOVERNMENT of the US started to be widely criticized by other countries, but not the PEOPLE.
Nobody sees the two as the same thing! They love america and americans, they just think these wonderful, nice, creative people being held hostage by a
bunch of power hungry war mongers. So that can be misunderstood.
I am sure that others from other countries already explained that, even though I didn't get a chance ot read the thread up to now, but I want to
support and reiterate it- it is a very comon view outside the US.