An interesting conversation, just now, with L., about the relationship between Europe and America. I have often felt, when going over to the States, that I am somehow a kind of carrier or embodiment of the old English way, a vessel or representative of tradition. One hears Americans speak so in…
That’s pretty much why it gets a bit old how much people hate Americans.
Firstly- and I know it sounds like the typical NotAllMen/ NotAllHets/ Not AllWhites trope- but yeh. There are plenty of douchebag, redneck, Republican homophobic flag waving Americans, and they DO suck. But….. since the stupid are aggressive to any one ‘other’ and that includes any other Americans who are smarter than them. So here they are, rich evil men running the country, hiding behind an increasingly cruel police and military, with the uneducated as eager to dole out ‘justice’. How can you expect any of us to ‘do something’ about our country when we’re prisoners in it?
That said, this little hellhole is young.
We all know the history- whites, coming over from Europe. Usually the sort who had worn out their welcome across the pond- thieves, religious nutters etc. Killed off most the indigenous people. And slowly became the bravado filled idiocracy it is now But…. look deep into the history of everywhere else and you’re going to find plenty of bloodshed, massacres and cruelty in the genesis of every other culture too.
America is young. And, like any young anything, it hasn’t learned how to behave yet.
It’s like bullying a small child, expecting it to take responsibility for messing itself.
Now, me personally, my blood is mixed. I’m part what’s-left-of-the-indigenous, as my dad was Cherokee. and my mom’s side is Euromutt- English and Swedish, mostly. So I don’t always feel like when people talk about Americans they are necessarily talking about me. and yet because of the native blood I also feel a bit above the average white American- we got here FIRST. I’m also, first and foremost, an ex roaddog. I’ve been all across this land. It always strikes me as weird how incredibly xenophobic most Americans are, even to other Americans. You come in from even a few counties down and immediately get the aggressions - “you’re not from ‘round here”.
It is abjectly weird and no little creepy how many of these people have never been more than 20 miles from their hometown. How many of them will live and die without really going much of anywhere, including just other states.
America is not only young, it is very very afraid.
“He’s not perfect. You aren’t either, and the two of you will never be perfect. But if he can make you laugh at least once, causes you to think twice, and if he admits to being human and making mistakes, hold onto him and give him the most you can. He isn’t going to quote poetry, he’s not thinking about you every moment, but he will give you a part of him that he knows you could break. Don’t hurt him, don’t change him, and don’t expect for more than he can give. Don’t analyze. Smile when he makes you happy, yell when he makes you mad, and miss him when he’s not there. Love hard when there is love to be had. Because perfect guys don’t exist, but there’s always one guy that is perfect for you.”—Bob Marley (via buddingromance)
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