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Do Americans Really Lack The Ability to Have a Global Perpective?

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posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 10:37 PM
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America...the place of my birth and upbringing. The society which helped to shape my unique character. It has been almost six years since I stepped foot on US soil. I have been out here in the rest of the world living as what some might call an Ex-Pat. Although, I simply consider myself a human living in a place which is not his place of birth. I have been to many nations and interacted with many different cultures. During all my travels, and living a Japanese lifestyle, I have noticed one thing; many Americans simply have no idea about how the world works.

Many Americans would be very surprised to know that the world laughs at Americans more often than they praise them. I have seen so many people from other nations look at American society and politics and say, `What the hell is wrong with those people? Do they really not understand the effect they are having on the rest of the world?`

At first it was hard for me to understand the above mentioned feeling. Yet, now I think I get it. Looking at America from the outside looking in, it appears that America is a society of culturally blind people. It seems as if many Americans view their nation as a island separated and removed from the rest of the world. It also appears there is a common feeling that the rest of world is a dark backwards place filled with communist and terrorist who want to destroy American because the world hates freedom. That really is the message American society gives to the rest of the world. Such an attitude display a backwardness and misunderstanding of the rest of the world that it becomes clear that many Americans lack the ability to have a global perspective when it comes to their nation`s place in the world.

More often, it is America who is the one which is going around the world destroying freedom and behaving like it is the end all and be all. So many Americans simply cannot understand how America is viewed and dealt with internationally. There is a reason it is so hard for America to get anything done internationally without the use of it`s military. US policy is usually the direct opposite of the direction in which human society is moving. Actually, freedom is alive and well in the world. There are many very lively and active democracies in the world. And yes there are many governments who are based on some form of socialism. Most of those nations have a highly active democracy which would put America to shame. Yes America, the `evil commies` are actually better at democracy than you.

So, what gives America? Why is it so hard for Americans to see and understand how the world actually works internationally? Is it pride? Is it arrogance? Is it simply too hard a pill to digest that America is not the hero of the world? Most Americans are not stupid. In fact, some of brightest minds have come from America. What is your major malfunction America?

I have been holding this back for a long time. I have tried my best not to rant about such things in real life or on the net. Yet, I just have to get this out of my head and into the public forum. I am sorry if anyone is offended by this rant but this issue, in my opinion, must be brought out into the public and discussed openly.




posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 10:46 PM
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First off, I would say they are no more introspective than say the Afghans who don't even know they are part of a country. Or maybe the Thai, who have no interest in anyone else's culture.

As for the rest, you are pretty much just preaching to the choir here. It is what it is, and I don't see it changing any time soon.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 10:49 PM
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I think we as a race on this planet are not capable of such concepts . Or if you do seems like we are labeled as an NWO supporter .

How can we think globally when we still fight over territory and religion or possibilities over weapons of mass destruction .

I also hate quoting the bible (i really do ) Why would you give a man a fish to eat for a day or teach the man how to fish and feed him for life.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:12 PM
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Well written OP. I call it, ''Silent weapons for silent wars.''

The population has been heavily brainwashed and dumbed down through the consistent consumption of poisons in the form of drugs legal and illegal and the food supply. Mainstream media consistently and inherently perpetuates a form of ''trickknowledge'' that serves as the catalyst, which influences many people to become demoralized, ignorant and materialize a psychic volition of ''stupidity,' all of which contribute to the 'de-evolution' and constrictions of man's awareness.


Fear, corruption and complacency is rampant within political spheres, big business, the military industrial complex, the economy and the criminal gangs that control these forces. Humans being want to fit in, whether it be heaven or earth, all the PTB need to do is formulate and maintain a corrupted culture of foolishness for the average citizen to adhere to and he/she will gladly continue to lick the blade that is cutting his tongue, draining his blood while he thinks he is consuming a tasty nutritional meal.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:21 PM
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Of course there are cultures which are naturally isolated for certain reasons. Some of those reasons are beyond their control while others are not.
Yet, I do not really see any excuse for American society to be isolated. American culture has a huge effect globally. You really have to go to a very isolated culture to fully escape American cultural influence.

American is a global superpower and yet there are millions of American who cannot even point out Japan on a map correctly. For example, a lot of native born Japanese become very interested in anyone from America. Yet, after talking to an American for about an hour they find it very hard to understand said American`s thinking about, not only Japan, but the world in general. It is not cultural differences, it is the difference in knowledge and understanding of the world at large.

So many people here in Tokyo say to me, `Americans are very friendly and funny but not so smart. They are very simple minded people; but they are cute.` With the influence, social and geopolitical change American has been able to bring about, most Americans still don`t understand they are not regarded in the highest esteem internationally. Almost every nation I have been to the feeling is usually the same in social settings, `Some Americans have shown up, turn off your brain cuz it is party time. Hide our flag cuz any flag other than the American one confuses them and makes them angry.` It really is that bad sometimes.

I get so tired sometimes having to prove that I am not a `stupid American` just to be able to get though daily life without being treated like I am total fool. People hear the southern accent and find out I am American and the `look at the stupid America! Let`s mock him endlessly` begins. That is the stereotype I have to deal with because the lack of global perspective which dominates American society.

I totally understand there are plenty of people here in ATS who understand these things. And yeah, it does get old having to be labeled as a `NWO loving commie` for even suggesting Americans take a more global outlook on the world.
edit on 12-11-2012 by freedomwv because: grammar



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:38 PM
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And I don't like how ignorant people around the globe dislike us based on the actions of our government, while they're own government is just as much involved. Their in it together but being the muscle of the UN the dirty work falls on us.

I like when they call us uncultured when we are the most culturally diverse nation EVER.

I like being called ignorant and racist when European racism is out of control. I've been to a few football games(in Germany and UK) I've seen how dark skinned teams are jeered at and have things thrown at them as half the home team fans makes monkey sounds.

I also like being called untraveled, sorry we're not landlocked by many small countries I have been to every state . Through most of Canada and much of Mexico. I've been from some of the coldest mountains to the near hottest deserts, rolling grassy plains to tropical islands and steamy jungles.

Another thing is as a people we don't go around sticking our noses in everyone business(apparently a national pass time for nations), we have our own huge problems. Our people like to be left alone to do our own thing, if we wanted to know what was going on in Europe our forefathers would have stayed in England.

That being said we do have many stupid people, but who doesn't? Who hasn't stirred up trouble? Russia? Germany? England for nearly a thousand years? Spain? No one is innocent. Japan? China?

Maybe people need to mind their own business for a little while and take a look in the mirror?
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posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:39 PM
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As an American,
I will say our people are highly desensitized to violence, when your culture shows people being blown to bits in movies, tv, video games, life becomes a game.

Many just can't sympathize with suffering of anyone not our own, I remember being 5 years old watching the first gulf war hours on end...in awe...then came Rwanda I was a child watching bodies of dead children hauled off in pick up trucks, then Bosnia.....it seemed every few years I was becoming more numb..

Media/education has purposely kept our people in the dark saying every bomb dropped is for freedom...ect...

We are a culture plagued by hyperbole, and broad generalities, and our people are taught to buy it.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:40 PM
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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
And I don't like how ignorant people around the globe dislike us based on the actions of our government, while their own government is just as much involved. Their in it together but being the muscle of the UN the dirty work falls on us.

I like when they call us uncultured when we are the most culturally diverse nation EVER.

I like being called ignorant and racist when European racism is out of control. I've been to a few football games(in Germany and UK) I've seen how dark skinned teams are jeered at and have things thrown at them as half the home team fans makes monkey sounds.

I also like being called untraveled, sorry we're a not landlocked land by many small countries I have been to every state . Through most of Canada and much of Mexico. I've been from some of the coldest mountains to the near hottest deserts, rolling grassy plains to tropical islands and steamy jungles.

Another thing is as a people we don't go around sticking our noses in everyone business(apparently a national pass time for nations), we have our own huge problems. Our people like to be left alone to do our own thing, if we wanted to know what was going on in Europe our forefathers would have stayed in England.

That being said we do have many stupid people, but who doesn't? Who hasnt stirred up trouble? Russia? Germany? England for nearly a thousand years? Spain? No one is innocent. Japan? China?

Maybe people need to mind their own business for a little while and take a look in the mirror?


It's not based on the actions of your government, like OP said, society and politics.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:50 PM
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How do the actions of my society make a difference anywhere else in the world? And I'm pretty sure the only way our politics can make a damn of difference are outside our own borders. So if that's not the case they should mind their own business.
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posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:51 PM
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They force kids to pledge allegiance to the American flag in school everyday.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:55 PM
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I live in the South. The people here have no clue about the outside world. When Obama got re-elected they threatened to move to Canada, which is more liberal than the USA. They truly seem to think that it's the USA's right to do whatever we want. We can do it because we're America. Screw what the rest of the world thinks. Only we're relevant.



posted on Nov, 12 2012 @ 11:56 PM
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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
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How do the actions of my society make a difference anywhere else in the world? And I'm pretty sure the only way our politics can make a damn of difference are outside our own borders. So if that's not the case they should mind their own business.
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I think you're missing the point, seems like you're blindly trying to dismiss anything negative said about your country.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:13 AM
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Originally posted by zonetripper2065
reply to post by SpearMint
 


How do the actions of my society make a difference anywhere else in the world? And I'm pretty sure the only way our politics can make a damn of difference are outside our own borders. So if that's not the case they should mind their own business.
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How do the actions of your society affect the outside world? The American society's weakness to think critically has lead to wars that have wreaked havoc on other parts of the world and has lead to the deaths of many innocent people. Iraq is just one example.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:15 AM
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I"ve stated we have many of our own issues. But please make the point clear to my tiny American brain. I must be in denial show me what I'm missing.

To me it seems your just not happy with my perfectly acceptable answer of mind your own business. What happens inside of OUR borders is none of any non Americans business. If we act a certain way why do you care? how does it affect you?



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:16 AM
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Originally posted by Trustfund
They force kids to pledge allegiance to the American flag in school everyday.

If you'd like to call pride in the nation, forcing.... I suppose that's right. I did hear the kids reciting the pledge the last time I was down dropping something off for my son. Although, if you look at the pledge the kids recite....



The last line means as much as the first and the values it holds up aren't ones I disagree with, to be sure. I'd say it's why immigrants are still literally risking their lives to get here from all over the world, as a matter of fact.
edit on 13-11-2012 by Wrabbit2000 because: Replacing edited with actual pledge. Sorry! I missed that.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:17 AM
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So who is responsible me or my law makers who do whatever they want with or without our vote?



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:19 AM
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So many people here in Tokyo say to me, `Americans are very friendly and funny but not so smart. They are very simple minded people; but they are cute.` With the influence, social and geopolitical change American has been able to bring about, most Americans still don`t understand they are not regarded in the highest esteem internationally.
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no disrespect but joke on you?


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posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:19 AM
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I think that Americans have a hard time understanding other people's point of view of us. To us, if we invade and go to war in another country, we're doing them a great service and the the rest of the world should applaud. What the rest of the world sees is an aggressive war-mongering country that is trying to impose our political system upon them (or worse). The US has been the policeman of the world for a while now. We have our military bases all over the world. And for what? Many people who live in the countries, for example Spain or Japan, no longer really want us there. I read on other postings elsewhere (mainly Yahoo News) from extreme patriotic Americans that the rest of the world owes and and we saved them. World War II was a long time ago and it seems like the rest of the world moved on. It's this condescending snooty attitude that pisses people off around the world.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:20 AM
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If your society had sufficient critical thinking skills the politicians would not be able to get away with what they do. Therefor, one can conclude that there is equal blame on both sides.



posted on Nov, 13 2012 @ 12:21 AM
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Okay..here we go....

American society, and American culture in general, has a massive impact internationally. American elections, for example, are watched very closely by most of the world. People here in Japan usually know more about the US candidates then a lot of Americans do; I would know because I live in Japan(I am also a US citizen so the argument of `mind your own business foreigner` will not work on me).

There are also many other examples of how much effect American society has on the world. I will use Japan, although I could use any number of nations as an example, to explain my point. When ever I go to a movie cinema here in Tokyo, there are many American movies to choose from; they are in English as well because Japanese people like the sound of American English because the accent is easy to follow and understand. McDonald`s can be found all over the place in Tokyo; as well as Burger King, Starbucks and Denny`s. American restaurants, even fast food, is very popular in Japan. The American taste of food is unique compared to most Asian food. American clothes, and American fashion in general, is of high interest to Japanese youth. It is the general opinion that American clothes are very comfortable and easy to wear. English is a very popular language to learn in Japan, even though most Japanese cannot speak English very well. To have an American English teacher is almost like a fashion statement and a badge of honor. `Wow! You have an American English teacher. I am jealous. He/She must be so cool! I want to meet them,` is common to hear.

As far as politics is concerned, when the US government speaks everyone in Japan takes notice. This is not uncommon in most parts of the world. The US is a lighting rode of sparking political debate internationally. In most nations, when a US diplomat visits most people know about it. It will be on the news everyday said diplomat is in their nation.

Despite the fact that Americans are viewed as simple minded people, we are also considered to be special in the world at large. We are the dirty uncultured Americans who are very friendly, funny and maintain such an upbeat outlook on life that it can inspire people the world over.

So, you see American society does have a huge impact internationally. Yet, still many Americans are totally unaware of this fact.






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