The problem with Americans, on average, is simply that they ignore 99.9% of what the rest of the world really is.
And I'm saying this in full knowledge
of it. I work in an environment where I meet people from 47 countries practically speaking every
week. That includes a lot of Americans. And I have personally never have made a difference on people because of their origin. I do not
Yet, it is with great sadness that I have to witness the blunt and blatant ignorance of nearly all americans I know towards the rest of the world. I
hate to have to say this, but Americans are on average uneducated, arrogant and racists.
Most of americans have never left and will never leave their borders. And because of serious deficiencies in education, many of those have no idea of
the rest of the world. Ask them to pick Switzerland, Irak or even Japan on the map of the world. They don't know, it's not their country, and sadder
even, they don't care.
The son of my best friend (who is american, so don't accuse me of bashing what I don't know, of being anti-american or other insanities please) was
12 when they left US for Europe, for Belgium more precisely. His teacher asked him "Oh Belgium! What part of Germany is that then?"... a
!!! That person should be sacked on the spot. What kind of ignorance is that for a teacher??? This is extremely shocking!
Another (sadly, typical) example. When in 2003 the US decided with Great Britain to attack Irak, most other countries in Europe were against it,
including Belgium. I have met a young lad back then, who was refusing to leave the base
because he was afraid... AFRAID
walking out in Belgium!!! How brainwashed could he have been??? This is absolutely sad.
And as far as "patriotism" is involved... That is a lie. A very bad lie. Patriotism is not
about hating others, about ignoring others, about
criticising others. It is not
about accepting everything that the country or the president says or does as universal truth. Patriotism is about
being proud of your country, but it certainly does not dismiss the right to say it when something is wrong. And many things are wrong about
Why are americans so badly perceived around the world? Well, I suppose I've given a few examples above. I am living with things like those every damn
day here. And for many, many people here, Americans are just stupid, arrogant, and even vulgar. I am so sorry to say, but I'm not surprised. This is
about the general attitude of Americans with regards to the rest of the world. You know, when in MY country
an american (or for the fact, any
other foreigner) tells me that everything sucks here, that it's just better than all over there (in the US, i.e.), I have only one answer: then leave
the place, stop being insultant to me and my country, and never return. And that's well deserved.
Now, all this... Again, I am not anti-american. I am anti-stupid people. There are stupid people from US, from UK, from Italy, from Japan, from
Brazil, from everywhere in the world. But it seems to me that the greater a country is, the more its people is closed-minded, and that's extremely
On the other hand, many of them who have come here, return having changed. They had an opportunity to live in another place, with different habits and
customs, and a different way of living. And many, trust me, liked it a lot. They opened a bit about the rest of the world, because they went out of
This being said, I sincerely hope that you all had a great 4th of July. I personally had a great one too in here
Great party, lots of great
american music, american bikes, american people (and many friends in those, trust me), american foods and drinks, american shows & stuff. I had myself
an american flag to wave there. Who said I was anti-american?
be a "good american" (what does that mean btw?) and still be open to the world. And accept all sorts of criticising about your
country and your people.