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Thread #20255   Message #209903
Posted By: catspaw49
10-Apr-00 - 07:28 PM
Thread Name: Do Americans know?
Subject: RE: Do Americans know?
Before this one goes too far along, let me point out that the easiest way to shoot down a generality in a debate. is with a specific; the easiest way to shoot down a specific is with a generality.

That said, I have no idea whether or not the majority of people in the United States know how the rest of the world views them or not. I don't know if the majority of the world views the U.S. in one particular fashion or not. I'm sure we are detested for many things such as our gross consumption of resources and equally loved by others for our involvement in assorted disaster situations.

The U.S. is what it is and what it has become as a country through circumstances that are much different than those that shaped most other countries. We have a short history on the world stage, but are undoubtedly the largest mishmash of heritages and cultures on the planet. The growth and aggressiveness of this country has served it both well and badly.

How important is any of this? I have friends here at Mudcat from all over the world. Am I judged to be who I am because I live here? Do I judge them because they are Irish or Australian? Gawd knows we make plenty of jokes both ways, back and forth, but is this a major factor?

To me, it is only a factor if it relates to the person's upbringing and can help us understand each other. If it gives a better picture and results in better communication and a closer bond, then it is a very positive thing. If it creates tension, its obviously not too great. Only as a talking point is it important to know how someone is viewed and that's on an individual basis.