Originally posted by manykapao
So stop with the "Americans are pompous and uncultured" rhetoric. We are you if your government had half the chance.
WHY say something like that, which completely contradicts yourself??? "We're not pompous , you're just jealous and wish you were us" .
My whole point here is that even as so many americans deny this to be true, they PROVE it is true simultaneously.
Look, I know that in our country, responsibility for our actions and choices is one of our highest values and morals!
That is a necessary part of individual freedom- you have to be able to see how YOU have power over what happens to you, and how you can steer your own
Recognizing how YOU pull this reputation upon yourself, and your peoples, is key to changing it.
In this case, when it comes to how others around us feel about us, assuming how others feel is what shall determine your acts and therefore, how they
Assume everyone else hates you, you WILL make that happen. It is a self -fulfilling prophecy.
I have a suggestion, (not directly for you, poster, just for some of my fellow americans reading who have this same attitude you showed)
What about considering this view-
Other countries are different, but equal to you, that is how they see themselves. They do not wish to be like you, and they do not think you wish to
be like them, they appreciate the worlds diversity.
They do not hate or dislike you. But there has been a misunderstanding, they have gotten a false impression of you due to some
defensiveness/offensiveness we had when we were very scared.
But at any time we can change that perception they have, by simply relaxing, breathing, and being friendly.
Remember that you are part of something bigger than your own country, and that is a GOOD thing.
Did any of you ever notice that the kids that were rejected in high school were usually ones that started off the animosity by assuming they couldn't
fit in, and so acted defensive (offensive) before anyone else had a chance to form an opinion? Then they claimed they were bullied or treated unfairly
without ever acknowledging their own principle hostile attitude......