I watched a couple of good movies this weekend. They made me think of how different cultures are. While I have been able to compare a lot of the culture differences between the US and Colombia, they are both in the American continent, they are both capitalist and well western.
Europeans seem to be able to do the whole cultural sensitivity dance. Being so close to people that have a complete different background helps. I can drive for hours and still find myself in the great plains of America, but in Europe a couple of hours can put you in a place that speaks a totally different language and you have not even left Spain. Yes, not everyone in Spain speaks Spanish, just in case you did not know. Americans are very naive when it comes to the world, sheltered, and at times even arrogant. We think that our way of life is the way of life that everyone in the world should have. While I do think that democracy and capitalism are great principles, at times at wonder if our culture of “one size fits all” can really accommodate the whole world.
I don’t even know where to start, mostly because I am not even sure of what I am trying to accomplish. Sometimes I feel that it is important that my audience, mostly people in the US get a glimpse of what I know about the world outside of the US. Then my other urge is to reach outside of American and show the world that; hey America is not the Evil Empire that at times it appears to be. In the end I am left with so many questions and no answers. Are Americans really that arrogant that they think everyone should live like them? Is the world really that misinformed that they think that America is just out to conquer the world? Is making others think really something that can be accomplished via a simple blog?