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.
Good point - I think that probably does have a lot to do with it, yes. I guess here in Europe we are constantly exposed to different cultures and languages, whether we want it or not.
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.
No, I think you're probably right there. Of course each nation state within Europe still has its individuality - but many people are also aware that above all, we have an awful lot in common, that we are all parts of a greater whole.
I can't imagine having totaly different languages, cultures, histories, beliefs, etc. only an eight hour drive away.
Heh, you bet. Even within
a country as old as Germany there are significant differences - think different accents, heritage etc. maybe like in the US, only more so.
This isn't an excuse for America's ignorance of Europe and the rest of the world. Just a possible reason.
I think another reason is that like it or not, the USA is pretty much the hub of the Western world these days. Hence if you live in the "centre of the world" (note the sarcasm...) you don't really have to look far afield, do you?
Look, there are good and bad aspects to the US. The same can be said of any other country
Again, I agree with you 100%. However, I would say that from my experience Americans tend to be particularly ignorant (that doesn't mean ALL of them are of course) and what's more, convinced
they're in the right. There is the stereotype of the ignorant Yank who still argues his point loudly and aggressively even though he has no idea what he is talking about. Do you guys get taught that kind of sentiment in school? I'm just curious.
Well anyway, thanks for your post,