posted on Feb, 23 2012 @ 12:36 PM
I am an american and I agree that some americans don't know much about other cultures. That being said, as you and other posters on this thread have
mentioned, we are not alone in this assessment.
I always try to convey my thoughts in a manner in which others can kind of SEE my explanation through my eyes. Not to diminish anyone's opinion but
to add another piece to the puzzle of understanding. Do I always manage this? Probably not, hell I've confused myself just typing this.
Any number of factors can contribute to why SOME people don't know much about other cultures. Geography, religion, beliefs, government etc. I make
it my business to try to understand other cultures, ways of thoughts, points of view and still I maintain a pride in my culture and country (not
EVERYTHING my country does but historical moments of american pride lol). So, I get upset when broad statements like "most americans" are used in
these types of threads. And then to make matters worse, posters justify this with "I didn't say ALL americans...", never realizing that by saying
most, you are saying a greater number people don't understand vs those that do, which IMHO, is not the case.
I hope your rant gives you the relief you're looking for. You shouldn't take this stuff so seriously. Although this website seems huge memberwise,
it's still only a small part of the global population. Wait, I don't know if that's good or bad...anyway. We do this because we enjoy it. If
there was no discord, it would be pretty boring.
I better stop now while I'm ahead