Somewhere along the travel path, the USA culture decided I do not fit in, I am wondering if they will accept me back if I keep my mouth shut?
"I don't care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members".
- Groucho Marx
The USA culture is by far one of the most judgmental cultures on the planet against other countries. I have been to Africa now six times, and in an almost racist way, the USA does not want to hear, know or understand Africa. I think the way it works is a back handed slap.
"Americans will talk about and discuss other cultures, if and only if we can define the culture as below the USA culture."
If I say, Africa is poor, they will listen, if I said, that Africa is rich in resources, and food is plentiful in the rain forest areas, the USA culture shut their brain, give me the hand.
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The longer I travel, the more I hear the phrase,
As of today, I believe that long-term travel outside the USA should not be encouraged if you want to become an executive in a USA business. Or maybe work for the government, and as a factory worker, they would probably tar and feather you.
The last thing a group wants is any one member having superior and irrefutable real knowledge of information not known or available to the group.
Bottom line, you become a better person by traveling, maybe more tolerant of other cultures, more capable of empathizing and seeing both sides of two cultures. However, the more you know about another culture, the less you will fit into your own.
Not that I care, but am continually working within myself to stop accidentally triggering anger or unanticipated responses from friends from the USA. An idle, not even serious comment, a generalization that to me seems obvious and simple can cause me stress.
For example: Africa has 52 countries, and in reality on a couple have really bad AIDS, I think South Africa, maybe Zimbabwe, but if I say to Americans that Africa really has less or about the same amount of AIDS, they will get angry. CNN and the NGO idiots have created a groupthink that refuses to be objective.
If your son or daughter wants to fit in with a huge corporation, then best to go to Disneyland or Las Vegas.
I guess I have been trying to feel this one out, I want to drive a minivan around the USA for a few months. I have to do my homework, and learn how to in round about way less the reality of the world, and tell the American folks simplified and understandable comments, or they will do that interplay where I say something and they say,
It is always amazing how a well-read American can believe that reading about a country is more relevant than living inside a country.
Maybe we can best acclaim our intelligence, by the list of groups we know of that shun our opinions, the more we fit in, the more stupid we are at the end of the day.
I am one of the few world travelers who always has American Flag on his bag. I carry that smaller bag with me all the time as I walk around, it has a camera inside. I make a joke, it is my "Euro-Trash Repellant."
The Eurotrash see the flag, get angry and stay away from me, but it also repells the anti-USA, from the USA person, who hates his father and any authority.
Truly the reason I have it on my bag is I am proud to be from the USA and nothing gets local chicks to talk to you faster, then to let them know I am from the USA, the USA is chick magnet country of highest priority.
In some fuzzy illogical way, there must be something about being shunned by cultural groups that makes you a free thinker. In the end, I would rather look like I was 25 for the rest of my life, intelligence is just away to be confused more often than people around me. The more variables and options I have the better my odds of being confused.
Well America is a very strange self contained culture. Most people just get jealous and intimidated on hearing about other cultures.
I was talking about having some medical work done in Thailand with a friend from the USA, a person from the USA said,
"They can do that there?"
I was annoyed, I have friends in Thailand, and do not want to have it implied that they are stupid. There is knowledge everywhere on the planet, and for sure some cultures are more sloppy than others, but intelligence has no real boundaries. Then again, talking with Europeans they sometimes imply that the Europeans that immigrated to America are not as innately intelligent, always a baffling perspective.
Whenever a person assumes a superiority, there is a need to be cautious, I am not saying that certain cultures do not do better than others, but a superiority of a culture is never guarantee for a group.
The USA is an "information culture," meaning that they have an abundance of (mis)information about the outside world that they read and think they know everything without experiencing it. Their education serves to make them stupid: people who think they already know about something can't learn. This is the same with most "information cultures," like those in Western Europe. This information (media) derived ignorance is truly becoming a global problem which can be seen in the middle and upper classes of most countries now. Once your mind does not match that of your group, you will be ostracized. Cultures and communities are made up of prevailing myths that everyone believes and reaffirms in tandem. If you don't believe the myths you cannot be part of the group. There is no such thing as an open minded community.
What is all this talk about attracting the ladies? I thought you already had a lady in Africa.
About the fact that travel changes a person and in a way others in the U.S.A. do not understand. That's a definite.
About keeping the America haters away by displaying the U.S. flag boldly - love this. Nothing is more repulsive to me than an American trashing the U.S.A. on foreign soil
Proud to be an American
To the guy haeaded to Thailand for medical treatment, it depends on what kind of treatment. Want your teeth cleaned, ok, Skin cancer, laser removel, ok, surgey, no!! Maybe Bumrungrad, I ave lived in Thailamd for 12 years, and have been to several Thai hospitals, Unless you go to the big international hospitals, where the doc's have been trained in the US and they have modern equipment good luck dude, I can tell you many stories, from here to Mexico, good luck if saving a few bucks, may put your life in danger. If its serious stay in the USA!!
Yeah Africa sounds far better than the US, last time you where you left do to killings and a civil war, nice place, but you can get a room for $10 bucks right???
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Re: African AIDS rates, your comments made me curious to look it up. If you can trust wikipedia it looks like Africa (sub-Sahara) has way more AIDS, in absolute and relative numbers.
I'm probably missing your point - and I have never been to Africa - but anyway, just FYI.
Ok, for all the idiots that want to contractic my AIDS comment, STOP: you are being stupid Americans. There are 52 countries in Africa, you are being the stupid the NGO and CNN have made you brain dead.
I find it hilarious that many of the comments here are making generalizations about how Americans make generalizations.
@Pato "people who think they already know about something can't learn". That's true perhaps you can see how this may relate to you as well.
@Gadget "you are being the stupid the NGO and CNN have made you brain dead." Perhaps you should not plagiarize the article while talk about being brain dead in the same sentence.
Much love to you all, but I find it amusing that so many commenters did not realize how they were contradicting themselves so plainly.