Yes, I have heard the insults and the sneers aimed at the U.S. Yes, I have read the words of anger aimed at my country. And, considering what I know of world politics, I can understand the reason for them. I can see how Americans must look, from an outsiders perspective. Judging us solely by our news coverage, our entertainment, and our silly little facebook entries, we must appear to be unbearably self-important and even a little narcissistic.
Is that a fair assessment, though? I must confess, the America I see on TV is far, far different from the America i know every day. The people who I have know, all over this country, have faced their own struggles, and still kept a sense of awareness that their daily routines are not the only way of doing things. we remind ourselves that some of our biggest stressers are caused by our biggest conveniences. We weigh the news we receive of the outside world with the events around the corner.
So, why do we seem so damn stupid, overall? I believe it is because we tend to wear our silly, unimportant, and whimsical side right on our freaking forehead! Americans, by and large, feel it is important to show our carefree nature first, and our serious, analytical side, second. The problem is that we do such a good job of the first, that it's hard to take us serious for the second.