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  •  A Problem (2+ / 0-)
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    There’s a problem. No matter where you go or how long you stay, even for the rest of your life, you will always be an American because your formative years have been spent in the United States, where your outlook and personality were formed. That circumstance may cause you some heartache. You may adjust well to another country and may even succeed in pushing thoughts of your life in America well into the dark recesses of your mind, but that wouldn’t alter the fact of who you actually are, down deep.

    From time to time, your mind will wander back to childhood experiences, friends in schools, the emotions of first love, memories of parents and other relatives all perhaps long dead, to successes and defeats in your life, joy and frustration – all experienced in your native country. Then there will be the painful memories of good friends left behind, perhaps of bonds that link you with them ineluctably from earliest childhood. And in your new home in a foreign country, local people, though friendly and hospitable, may never accept you as one of their own. Regardless of your efforts to blend in, you will always be the foreigner in their midst, perhaps even seen as a representative of the hated US military aggressor.

    There is only one place in the entire world where you are really and truly at home, the United States of America. The rub is that your country, amid all its mindless nationalistic propaganda, has developed into something you don’t want to be a part of. Today, it’s hard to believe that generations of Americans grew up believing in values of decency and fair play. Today, feisty smooth-talking Americans even present conscienceless arguments justifying torture while others have no qualms about taking their places in secret jails where they can use their American torture skills on unarmed helpless victims.

    No, you might say, this isn’t the country I was born in. "I’m out," you may say, and decide to leave for good. I wouldn’t blame you. All over the world you’ll meet Americans who have decided to live in another country for the rest of their life. Some of their life stories are fascinating, and many of them could surely give you tips on how to go about adjusting to your new circumstances.

    •  One you leave, you can never really return (0+ / 0-)

      but that doesn't apply to the USA any more than it does your hometown. A country boy will may never feel at home in the big city, even if he's an American boy in an American city.

      Nulwee's done too much traveling to feel at home, even "at home" in the USA.

      At a certain point it becomes a question of what opportunities are open to you now and in the future. Unfortunately, it's on that count (especially) that the US is falling behind.

      "Gasoline and uranium taste terrible." -- Horsefeathers

      by opendna on Fri Jan 18, 2008 at 06:17:44 AM PST

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    •  That's an interesting hypothesis (0+ / 0-)

      Perhaps if you've lived in the same place for a long time and really developed roots, it might even be so for some people.

      But not everyone views the United States with any more affection than other countries, even if you were born here.  To be honest, I don't feel "at home" here any more than I would anywhere else.  Some of us don't have roots anywhere.

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