Two things brought me to that conclusion recently. First, the fact that so many non-Americans can name all 50 states (and, I assume, locate them as
well), and secondly, the darkly hilarious fact that I used to be surprised to see users from other countries on message boards.
Along with my discovery of just how fascinating the ancient history of the world is, these two facts are motivating me to start educating myself
beyond what I already know.
Er... please note that I'm far from being one of those citizens who can't locate Australia on a map. (Iraq, on the other hand... but it's not like I
follow US military dealings anyway, so yeah...)
It's more of a cultural thing, I think. And I'm now angry, mainly at how much of an outsider the US has made itself into. I don't feel like a
legitimate part of the world, to be honest with you. A trip to Europe seems to me like this hugely amazing (AND hugely expensive), once in a lifetime
opportunity that I could never hope to experience!
And so I am forced to experience life only within these vast borders, surrounded by American media, anti-international propaganda, pro-American
schoolbooks, and no exposure to active foreign languages. (I tried to learn French, but it never stuck.) I'm so tired of it and wish it would change.
Above all, I'm tired of feeling embarrassed with myself. I kind of wish I hadn't been born here. Who knows what I could have learned by now, and at
the same time feel like I was a part of!
Hey... if I make the effort to learn all about ancient European history, am I allowed to consider it my own, because the US is such a young country
and was formed after all of it was over? Just wondering...
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