The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #20255   Message #210049
Posted By: Amos
11-Apr-00 - 11:34 AM
Thread Name: Do Americans know?
Subject: RE: Do Americans know?
Aldus,

I fear you and Kendall are bristling on the same flypaper which Big Mick so accurately described. I think in truth there is no "the" dislike of (_____) [fill in the blank]. There are individuals, generating feelings based on accurate or inaccurate perceptions and calculations.

It is certainly a fine thing to be proud of what the people of England have accomplished through the centuries; there is no question our civilization would be much less without those accomplishments.

But there really is no "they" there. Agreements -- cultural, judgemental, strategies, tactics, religions and economies -- are built of individual viewpoints, single folks communicating and taking action. That is the only rational basis for assessing the goodness and badness of people in the final analysis.