posted 02-13-2003 09:35 AM PT (US)
Note: I posted this on another board in response to someone else's post there. It turned into a bit of a rant, so....
Things do not need to get better.
I live in America, the land of opportunity, where you can find all the churches you need, all the schools you need, all the food you need, all the technology you need, all the fun you need, all the nature you need, all the bars you need, all the restaurants you need, all the diversity you need:
quote:If a person is unhappy or unfulfilled in America, it's their own damned fault - they truly do not deserve happiness. It's because they're spoiled rotten, they have life too easy, and they're unwilling to be thankful...no, not thankful - that's the wrong word...they're unwilling to be appreciative of what they've got.
"As we enter this new millennium, one of the major challenges for all of us will be to learn to live together on this one planet we all share. Hopefully we will all discover that by living and working together we will all benefit.
I believe America is a great example of this. Guess what has made America powerful? The blending of many ethnic streams that have come to America over the last 200 years. No country has been such a depository of the gifts of the world like America. For over 200 years, people have come from all over the world to America, bringing with them their recipes and their food. Their music and their dance and their artistic ability. The gift of law and the gift of government. The gift of medicine and the gift of healing. The gift of religion and the gift of the work ethic.
All of this did not start here. All of it came here from all the countries of the world. In fact, it is an incredible list—how many people outside their native countries live in America. The most Japanese outside of Japan live in America, the most Italians outside of Italy live in America, the most Koreans outside of Korea live in America, the most Puerto Ricans outside of Puerto Rico live in America. You can go right down the list, country after country. The list is so long it's unbelievable, but that is what has made America so unbelievably powerful. The contribution of all the ethnic streams that have been coming here for 200 years is incredible.
We must all now recognize what an incredible opportunity we all have before us, as this giant planet seems to get smaller all around us. And remember that it is our diversity that when mixed together can create genius. It is the combination of the soft sound of the flute and the crash of the cymbals that make up the brilliant sounds of the symphony orchestra. In our challenges to learn better how to live together, let us also find new opportunities to create future genius and miracles in our world and with each other."
Commiserating on these boards is just an example of a lazy spirit. I nearly typed "a sickened spirit", but that wouldn't quite be accurate, since a person with a sickened spirit would take a "poor me, my spirit is sick, someone give me help or therapy to help me get better" attitude which would be completely unwarranted.
Want another example of how pathetic Americans are? Walk through a discount department store and look through the products...you'll find "herbal therapy" teas, you'll find "aroma therapy" candles, you'll find "therapy" products of all kinds, from back massagers, to bath oil beads, to vitamins. And there's nothing wrong with the products - what's wrong is the marketing of these products. They use the word "therapy" because it sells so very well to pathetic, spoiled, embarrassingly soft "poor me" Americans.
And, I think, the real reason that anti-immigration Americans are so threatened by immigration is because they know that people coming in from other countries, particularly third world countries, are going to kick the asses of natural born Americans in the workplace each and every time.
Real Americans are those who are born elsewhere and who choose to become American. Natural born "Americans" are just those who are riding on the backs of their immigrant ancestors.
There ought to be a law...every natural born American should have to live in a third world country for 3 years before being granted citizenship. Antarctica would make a great place to deport those who don't comply.
Hey, what a rant!
It's a beautiful day here, by the way. Overcast sky, wet roads, snow half melted off of the rooftops...45.5_F outside...ahhhhhhh...and a nice cup of coffee with some tunes.