Europeans have a broader outlook on the situation, history and developements in the world.
I would think that part of the reason that Europeans tend to have a more wordly view is because of the size of their countries (you can drive from one end to the other of most European countries in 2 days max), the large numbers of neighbor countries (the US has 2), and finaly the large number of languages spoken in Europe versus the few (2 major English and Spanish) spoken in North America.
Correct me if I'm wrong but the whole concept of Nationalism really grew out of the Monarchies in Europe. Do the French and Germans truly view each other as a New Yorker and a New Jersian would now, members of a larger group? I can't imagine they all do. Now I learned in school (correct me if I'm wrong) that Germany is a little bigger than the State (Commonwealth) of Pennsylvania. I can't imagine having totaly different languages, cultures, histories, beliefs, etc. only an eight hour drive away. If this were true I would certainly HAVE to take a greater view of the world around me.
To those in Europe: Do you believe that at some point your countries will become mere 'states' in the EU? I don't know which came first NAFTA or the EU but it's obvious that they are two megagroups that were designed to compete in the world market. Where Asia falls in this I don't know.
This isn't an excuse for America's ignorance of Europe and the rest of the world. Just a possible reason.
heh.. oh yeah and keep in mind that statements llike "american educational system is stupid" will yield nothing but futile endless polemics...
I agree that these arguments can become endless but if you don't attempt to respond to them they can gain creedence.
Look, there are good and bad aspects to the US. The same can be said of any other country, anywhere in any time period. What truly saddens me are the blanket statements that some of the posters have made. These views are similar to the views of race that some people take.
Nobody (who has actual opinions) will leave discussions like this saying "ahhhh , you convinced me to change my opinion.. I changed my opion was because the arguments you layed out were superior and had solid proof... you found a loophole in my reasoning ..." hmm well it might depend on the age of the reader some..
While I haven't changed my opinions after reading this thread, it has allowed me to have an open constructive dialog with people that do believe other than I do. Discussions like this are better than screaming matches which can obviously (on a larger scale) turn in to something much more.
--I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have. " - Thomas Jefferson