1. Few People Are Impressed By Us
I don't know - I've never asked anyone if they are impressed by Americans
2. Few People Hate Us
I didn't think they did, so I hope this is true.
3. We Know Nothing About The Rest Of The World
'Really we (all of us?) know nothing (not too little, but nothing) about the
rest of the world? Really? Flaming hyperbole here. Yes, the average
American's knowledge of the history and geography of the world is dismal,
but let's not get carried away,'
and I agree.
4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection
In my own experience, I have to vehemently disagree with this- but I can acknowledge that probably has to do with the individuals I know.
5. The Quality of Life For The Average American Is Not That Great
I'd need to have a definitive picture in my head of the average American in order to compare the quality of life for that prototype as compared to the average person in any other country. I don't have a picture in my head of the 'average American' or the 'average Italian' or the 'average Brit' so I can't accurately compare.
If you're talking about 'middle-class' quality of life - I think that it is good.
6. The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us
Yeah - well, all anyone who hasn't been somewhere can know about that place is what they see in the news - just as anyone who hasn't been to America can only go by what they see in the news. I think if there are false images or impressions accepted as fact or truth, this is a result of manipulation by the media.
7. We’re Paranoid
He says "You don’t have to watch Fox News or CNN for more than 10
minutes to hear about how our drinking water is going to kill us, our
neighbor is going to rape our children, some terrorist in Yemen is going
to kill us because we didn’t torture him, Mexicans are going to kill us,
or some virus from a bird is going to kill us."
I don't watch Fox News or CNN so I'm not paranoid. I wouldn't classify anyone else I know in America as 'paranoid' either- but I'm sure there are paranoid people I've never met.
8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention
Can't disagree with this.
9. We Are Very Unhealthy
I don't know. I know alot of people are heavier than is thought to be healthy.
I do have to admit that now that I've lived somewhere else for eight years, when I eat in restaurants in the US - and I'm not talking about fast food restaurants-even in nice restaurants - I find the food too salty for my taste and the portions too big.
10. We Mistake Comfort For Happiness
Well all I know is that if I'm uncomfortable - cold, hungy, tired, in pain - it's hard for me to be happy. I mean I know I'm happier when if I'm cold, I have hot water for my bath than I am when I turn the tap on and there's no hot water.
How does he know 'most' Americans don't know these things? Did he take a survey or is he relying on stereotypes of the 'typical' or 'average' American? Too general in my opinion.