Can we discuss American Arrogance?
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|Sun, 03-30-2003 - 5:11pm|
Now, I don't want to start a FIGHT, and we all know that European countries have their own problems. But one person who says s/he is proud to be an American nonetheless responds as follows and I wanted to get your thoughts. Personally, I see a lof of truth in this post:
I, too, love being an American. I'm in my early 50s, seen and experienced a lot in the "working world".
The â€˜average' middle class American worker is spoiled, and so were their parents. It's all about the almighty dollar, greed, getting more money, faster-faster, so they can have more clothes, nicer cars and house and impress themselves and their friends and co-workers.
The average American has no clue about what "hard work" really is. To them hard work is a long commute, going into an office, turning on a computer, flipping thru some papers, being inconvenienced because the 6 voice mails they got made them late to a lunch date. A tough day is finding out the car needs a brake job then going to a meeting that didn't go exactly the way they wanted it to, then going home and having to cook a meal an ddo laundry all on the same evening.
They whine and complain about having to wait a couple weeks to find out if they got that promotion, even though many people would LOVE to have ANY job that allows them to survive and feel like a decent human being. They are too "busy" playing office politics and feathering their own nests.
I thought maybe the horrors of September 11, 2001 would change mindsets. No, it's only made most people angrier at the thought of having their nice lives disrupted. When I was working in an office on 9/11, our haughty receptionist who is married to the dept director went around for days crying. Why? Was SHE feeling anything for the victims and families? No. She was "upset" because a few weeks prior to 9/11 she and her husband had gone to Europe to enroll their daughter in a special college program, and she was now upset because she didn't want her daughter to worry about what was going on in the United States. The selfish ***** went right back to being herself and making comments about those foreigners who have the nerve to think they can interfere with the American Dream.
Most people think they are doing some great humanitarian deed when they give a freaking dollar to a street person or if they spend a minute listening to a hungry or homeless person and give them that "oh, I'm so sorry" look then go on with their lives. They say "if people want to work there are plenty of jobs". That have NO CLUE.
Sure, this country has a lot of good people. But the arrogance and greed is far too common and quite frankly, disgusting.
Just observe a political chatroom for awhile. Whether most admit it or not it's representative of the way Americans feel and think. They laugh and spit out garbage. They are only concerned about their own comfort and about making more money faster.
So now you know about American working culture. Don't even think about understanding it.~~~~~"
Edited 3/30/2003 10:15:27 PM ET by ttmd3