Date registered: Dec 2005
Vehicle: 1993 300SEL (Sold) 2007 X5
Location: Auckland, New Zealand
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I think it's quite interesting how people view other nations. Here in NZ there is a general untrue perception that Americans are fat lazy and stupid. I was talkng to a friend of mine the other day who said this and I retorted that a country that is so stupid...invented powered flight, and was home to such people as Thomas Edison. That and she along with the rest of the world consumes your whole "stupid" culture in the form of music, fashion and movies. The funny thing for me is that as far as I'm concerned an equal percentage of the NZ population is just as stupid, fat and lazy as Americans.
I think where the perception that I mentioned before comes from is that America as a country is very insular, you've only got to look at the news you get, here we have your CNN, Fox, ABC and CBS news. Basicly the only overseas news you get is: Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Afganistan and perhaps a bit of China. I also think that as the US is such a big country that Americans don't travel outside of the US as much as other countries do, for example NZers are some of the most traveled people in the world, and I think thats due to our size we are so small that living here by the time your 10 years old you've seen pretty much the entire country so what else is there left to see?
I'm not really sure where I'm going with this but there seems to be a lack of knowledge within the US of countries outside your boarders for the general populas, which is why I think you unintentionaly rub alot of other countries the other way. It reminds me of this great cartoon that I saw in a history book about Vietnam, it had uncle sam and a vietnamese man dressed in the uncle sam outfit which was far too big for him. Uncle sam listed all the virtues of this outfit, cool in summer, warm in winter etc and hes says: "yes but it don't fit" I think Americans need to understand that how they think or what works for them is not always what the rest of the world wants or thinks like.