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  •  That may be the case (0+ / 0-)

    My experiences abroad have mostly been confined to Asia; I've never really experienced life in Europe. You seem much better placed to draw comparisons between American and European society.

    But I've experienced life in Japan and other Asian countries, and I'm very happy I had the chance to grow up in the US. I've had such a wonderful life as an American, and I've been privileged to experience the best of what this country can offer. If I grew in the UK or Sweden, I might have a different outlook, but I have difficulty imagining a better life than the one I've lived so far.

    I also think our country's size may endow us with greater cultural and intellectual diversity. Our reputation has attracted significant influxes of immigrants from every part of the world, which has transformed America into a beautiful cultural mosaic. It seems like Europe's Middle Eastern and African population has boomed recently, but I'm not sure they can boast the same level of diversity as the US. Because we also have such a large population, we've been exposed to that many more different ways of thinking, which I think accounts for our unmatched track record in innovation.

    GOP stands for Grand Old Problem.

    by LennyLiberal on Fri Jul 05, 2013 at 11:29:13 PM PDT

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    •  And I have no experience... (0+ / 0-)

      ...whatsoever with Asia (or Africa for that matter), but I'm pretty certain a child who grew up in, say, Australia or France would write pretty much the same (lovely) testimony to these countries as you did.

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      by Lupin on Sat Jul 06, 2013 at 01:08:40 AM PDT

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