“Instead of the pledge of allegiance to the American flag, we should stand and recite parts of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence from memory.”
Americans don’t care about the world or world history because we’ve already done, in 200 years, what it took millennia for the rest of the world to start doing, and they still haven’t even caught up yet.
I’m only half joking.
Why was America known as the “Land of Opportunity”? Why is America known as such a “melting pot”? What other countries were known as “melting pots”? I’m sure there has had to have been others. How much of the rest of the world was a “melting pot”, and who made up the “ingredients”? How “diverse” were they? I don’t believe that America is known as a “melting pot” simply because we scream it louder so that people believe it. There has to be some truth to it. People have come here from all over the world: the question is: why? War-mongering politicians have corrupted the phrase “American exceptionalism”. They have hijacked it and perverted it. But there’s some truth to the idea of “American exceptionalism”. There’s truth to the phrase “greatest country in the world”. America is a product of the Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution. Historically speaking, they occurred right after the other. This has bode exceptionally well for us Americans.
There’s certainly a significant stain across American history, mainly in the form of slavery. Also, of course, “Native Americans” are described as “Natives” for a reason. But I have a feeling I’m missing out significant information regarding the mix between Europeans and Native Americans. Something tells me my government education has left very significant facts out of the picture. I’m skeptical of the common account of “history”.
But the Industrial Revolution occurred very early on in America’s history (when you compare the histories of other nations, and how long it took for them to undergo an “Industrial Revolution”). The impact of the Industrial Revolution cannot be understated. This combination of the rebellious “Enlightenment” coupled with the Industrial Revolution has created a sense of superiority within Americans. Honestly……….considering these two factors, it’s justified. Of course, America’s flaws should be pointed out, past or present. But us Americans know why we feel superior to the rest of the world. It is because we were fucking lucky. We’ve had it better than everyone else before us. We’re happy about that fact. Our history is one of rebelliousness, particularly of government, and of capitalism. This was, for all intents and purposes, our birth. We didn’t have centuries of history before this. Granted, we can look at those people that moved here, and trace their histories back to countries with rich histories. But we identify as Americans. The world sucked for a very long time, and we got extremely lucky. Our life was one of extreme fortune. For us, America is truly when history starts.
I should do more research on the Enlightenment thinkers and the historical capitalists that have made America what it is today: where they were from, etc. Something beyond the superficial “history” that I learned in school.
The “world” is a whole nother matter entirely.
The point is that world history is a complicated subject.
I think that happiness is the point of life because everything else would be unfilfilling.
Diversity is God’s natural plan, and that means that happiness comes in all different shapes, sizes, abilities and passions, which can mean a smart person can hate their intelligence while a dumb person loves their stupidity, and you can have every possible, conceivable possibility of all of the sort but we all want to be happy, and it doesn’t make sense to me why something so universal to existence would not at least be part of the purpose for that existence, considering how important it is to us and how universal it is among human beings.
The diversity aspect is interesting though because happiness comes in innumerous different ways: what makes me happy doesn’t you, and vice versa, creating countless possibilities of overlaps between one event making multiple people happy and multiple events making different people happy.
Just the amount of individuality and diversity does not seem to be able to be measured, but the only constant is happiness.
I wonder why there’s so much diversity in the world (some will say “because otherwise it would be boring”, but then you have to describe why we value excitement, which you probably cannot do sufficiently) but there’s so much of it that I want my mind to get lost into the subject and just think about diversity and individual happiness among this diversity, and just think about it because it is that which makes my individual self happy, albeit it makes me diverse from the majority of people that I have encountered.
June 28, 2014.