posted on Sep, 6 2013 @ 08:28 AM
I struggle with this too.
I am especially attacked for criticizing the US because I am living abroad at this time- that somehow is supposed to make ones ability for critical
On the contrary, I think it gives a wider perspective, with more knowledge of what else is "out there", and different perspectives.
The thing that seems to bother a lot of people is that my ideas of what could be worked on or made better in our country, I share amongst my peers
(americans), and those ideas of what could be made better in France, I share with French people.
For me, to do otherwise is not constructive. The Americans hearing about the faults of France are not going to have any power to change them than are
the French hearing the faults of America.
So what I get in response is "Oh you think the other country is so perfect!"
If I have a criticism of a friend, I tell it directly to them- not to someone else!
I don't feel that any country is ultimately better than another, all countries have weaknesses and faults.
The problem I see with not saying anything and being in denial about them is that ultimately these can be self -destructive, and so you are (perhaps
unintentionally) encouraging the destruction of your own country in the long run.
edit on 6-9-2013 by Bluesma because: (no reason