Friends from overseas ask me: “What is America like?” And so I tell them…
America is a country where from an early age we feed our children tripe. We use television and religion as babysitters. We encourage our children to dream big and gain success but fail to tell them to stay humble. Then we wonder to ourselves why our kids grow up to be egotistical and self-centered with all too high opinions of themselves.
We encourage our kids to read books but not the right ones. We forget what the Golden Rule actually means.
America is a country where someone is judged and labeled for liking a certain genre of music. It’s a country where you are judged for your looks, personality, speaking habits, hair color, IQ level, etc. when we forget that some of history’s greatest innovators didn’t exactly fall inside the norm.
America is a country where one political party strongly protests gay marriage while forgetting that the divorce rate is higher among their numbers.
It’s a place where we feel we are morally superior by nature of being American, which then by definition makes us morally inferior.
America is a country where self-righteous people blame everyone but themselves. Where people automatically hate what they don’t understand.
We take for granted only 6.7% of the world has the privilege to go to college and yet we sit here throwing that rare opportunity away.
We take for granted what we have. We take for granted the fact our Founding Fathers created something unique in the annals of history. We take for granted the blood shed to keep this country free.
America is a country where the Westboro Baptist Church is allowed to roam free.
I tell them America is not perfect. But then again no country is. I tell them we are one of the most free countries on the planet and yet we take it all for granted.
Maybe it’s time we sat back and thought about that.
(I felt it needed saying. Agree or disagree as you will.)