Still Growing, you are really hitting the nail on the head here. I would like to post something that I've posted recently on a different forum:
... I do not hate. Hating is for the weak and immature.
Rather, I feel bad for America. For the dumbing down you've endured the last few decades, your substandard education system, your over-the-top cultural relativism and your weakening economy.
We should all try to help America, instead of joining the smoldering bandwagon. After all, America has made some extremely notable contributions to civilization, as well as their share of mistakes.
As for the general notion that Americans are "stupid", I would like to address that too. OK, take the average guy in a socialist European country and compare him to the average American -- certainly, the American may look like a raging moron. But the Americans also have a great advantage: their brightest and best - their intellectual elite if you will (and business elite for that matter) - is very impressive. In many respects - dare I say it - they're completely unsurpassed.
I have limited experience of Americans, but from the little that I do have, my impression is this: any given American individual is either extremely intelligent, or extremely dumb. I would say that sort of dichotomy is less prominent in Europe.
Over here the overriding paradigm is that everyone should be "average" (harmony is a higher virtue than excellence).
So I think you'll find that the statement "Americans are stupid" holds very little credence when you dig deeper.
Last edited by Marco Polo; 07-09-2008 at 10:20 PM.