The American experience lived Worldwide

The American experience lived Worldwide

how the American way is lived and praised worldwide
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Every American child grows up thinking they live in the best country in the world, and that probably has a lot to do with the whole world knowing that the United States is the best country in the world. America does not lead the world in science, or math, or engineering, not even in democracy. However, Americans ranks number one in confidence. If Americans have not reached the credentials to be considered the best than why is it implanted in every American that we are.

Mostly it has to do with how our culture is the homogeneous culture that rules the globe . This culture can be divided by three factors, what you see, what you want to do , and how you expect life to be. This can be broken down through the division of Hollywood and Bollywood. How our government is conducted and what opportunities are available to you.

A stereotypical American day starts with an alarm clock letting you know you can snooze it for another twenty minutes. Followed by breakfast, which includes most of the food pyramid; bacon, cereal, fresh fruit, pancakes, eggs, granola- you name it. It is then followed by a bus ride to high school where you're either the stereotypical nerd or the popular girl everyone hates but wants to be like, or the cool kid who plays the guitar. You are educated and fed and encouraged to follow your dreams. Followed by a nice family dinner where everyone is happy without a worry and get to retire to a perfect slumber. If you are growing up in a third world country where you have to walk for three hours to get to school, eat a bowl of rice a day -if you're lucky- and know that you are the loser of globalization, your dream life is that represented in American culture. Wasting goods is not an option in developing countries, while food always goes to waste in the common American home.

The global culture has become Americanized due to its popularity in the film industry. Hollywood has depicted a frame that labels Americans as care free, adventurous people. A common tv show would show people working for a short period of time and enjoying the best part of life and spending time with friends. Bollywood in the other hand is not part of the monoculture. Even thought it is still a respectable film industry that is seen by millions, not enough people admire or find it as amusing as as Hollywood films. Bombs and explosions attract viewers more than the same traditional dance shown in every Indian movie. People see these movies and dream of a life where excitement and thrill drive human interaction. If you are living in a third world country the idea that drinking water can come from a refrigerator door is so advance for you that it's inability to obtain it makes you worship that idea.

The American monoculture also benefits other cultures by raising the expectations on how life should be lived. Part of being an American is the ability to maintain yourself clean. When an American is not properly dressed or is deemed dirty, they often take shame and try to fix themselves in order to be be deemed presentable. This part of our culture can be seen in the dramatic cultural change in Hong Kong. When McDonalds took over the world they also spread American standards across borders. In the City of Hong Kong, McDonald's bathrooms were still expected to maintain the clean American look- even if it was not the norm or expectation. This made McDonalds stand out and force other local restaurants to increase their hygienic practices in order to attract customers.

American sports are also part of the monoculture. Baseball, basketball, both American sports that is spreading worldwide. Granted it is not as popular as soccer it still holds a growing spot in culture interest . Although it is an American sport Japanese youth equally love and participate in it. This common pattern crosses cultures and language barrier. Much of its contribution should be credited to films and celebrities that Americans idolize. We encourage democracy through our journalistic and media practices. Take for example South Korea who in the 1990’s had strict publishing rules. Where it was not acceptable to criticize politicians, and such news would be censored and scripted. That change during the turn of the century and boy bands became the worlds obsession, naturally some Sourh Korean boy bands formed and rocked the nation. Since celebrities shape the nations youth, journalist help those pop stars to moral standards. When that was published, journalist expanded and held their politicians to a higher moral standard. Their freedom of press was expanded and it all started with boy bands

The monoculture has the ability to change, it is clear that the current monoculture mirrors the American Culture. The liberties and lifestyle in America is something that everyone else strives to achieve. The wealth portrayed by the common American, or even the opportunity of achieving the American dream pushes our culture to be number one.

Cover Image Credit: Smith, Candace. “Boy Bands of the 1990s to 2000s.” NY Daily News, NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, 3 Nov. 2015, www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/boy-bands-1990s-2000s-article-1.2422169.

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Diplomacy and Revolution

Creating A Federation With The Nation’s 19,505 Cities, Towns, and Villages, And Dissolving The 50 States Of The Union; Will Prevent The United States Of America From Balkanizing As Its Empire Declines.
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As it has become undeniable under the current administration of Donald Trump, the United States has entered its imperial decline as a global hegemonic force. The economic stability of the US dollar as a global currency is wavering and the military apparatus that spans the globe is starting to grind under its own contradictions as an occupying force. As these contradictions start to buckle under their own weight, the economic collapse and military retraction in the United States hegemony is an undeniable calculation. As this economic collapse occurs, the need to reorient economic priorities will be an imperative. As our global military network and apparatus starts to evolve and retract as an occupying force, it will require a new examination of what it means to provide the security of persons in the 21st-century. These questions will be placed in needed context, as external forces press the rapid advancement of these changes; as well as domestic forces trying to acclimate to this rapid transition. As we saw in the past with the Articles of Confederation in the late 18th century, the priorities of the states and their self interests and loyalty to wealth and power place the Federal Union of the United States under threat of internal instability and external pressures that will lead to an inevitable crisis unseen in the United States since the days of the Civil War. To avoid these destabilizing factors, the wise attempt to reconstruct the Federal structure of the United States must be applied.

To do this, we must recognize that our democracy is rooted in the diplomacy between various republics; forming the federation that established the Union of the United States of America under the pretext of the Constitution. Diplomacy must be re-oriented on the municipal level to deal with the shifts of modern communication and transportation advancement; so as to avoid Balkanization. We must keep in mind that Federalism, a federation, is a structure that offers the means of ensuring a formalized diplomatic structure between communities. The Iroquois Confederacy in which the United States Union was based off of focused on representation via tribes; this localized format must be present in any transitional new system. Coupled with a format of modern technological development, a federation of municipalities is perfectly plausible for the various communities throughout the entire United States thanks to current communication and transportation systems; with evolving transportation and communication systems increasing the feasibility and ease of such a networked systems.

We have (as of 2015 data) 19,505 cities, towns, and villages in the United States. As the American empire declines, the calculation that economic divisions will spark a disunity internally must be avoided at all cost via re-federalizing. It is perfectly plausible to create a federation out of the 19,505 communities using representation of each in a federal congress. We have sports stadiums that can house tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of spectators; it would be perfectly plausible create a federal congress using such scales of construction. It would also ensure management of sub regional, regional, and super-regional networks that are internal mechanisms used for unifying local and federal systems. Not only will this new federal system prevent Balkanization and disunity of the American people, it will also offer the potentiality for economic reconstruction with the emphasis on self sustainability and self-sufficiency for every community. Utilizing social contracts such as a Second Bill of Rights to provide things such as food, water, energy, infrastructure, knowledge, and productive abilities for every community and every individuals. Living up to the motto of the United States E Pluribus Unum: Out of Many, One; as well as ensuring life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness in the 21st-century.

Our present is not the first time that the United States has risked division, as already mentioned the Articles of Confederation brought us to the edge of a complete breakdown of the Union, which was operating as only a mere confederation at the time. The slave master rebellion of 1861 that ignited what became known as the Civil War brought the United States further to the precipice of disunity. But as the Union has shown to withstand not only internal strife and division brought on by economic stratification, we have developed a federal system that has expanded its influence around the globe. As we wise up to the foolishness of attempting to assert hegemony over the peoples of the world; we will start to recognize that the survivability of our own systems will rely on a new unifying effort. One that will require nothing less than the declaration of a new Federation of the Peoples of America; guaranteed under the Declaration of Independence and Constitution that set forth to lay the foundations of the United States today. With the same mentality of transition between the Articles of Confederation to the Federal Constitution, and with the pretext of legal declaration such as the Emancipation Proclamation; we can avoid repeating the same mistakes in the past through federalizing anew. And through a new Federation, finally creating the principles and ideals that we laid out in our past but have yet to live up to in the present; by becoming at true Union of Peoples.

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The Importance Of Empathy

How just meeting new people can make all the difference in your life
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Merriam Webster Dictionary describes “empathy” as, “The action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another.”

During such a time with increasing social, political, and societal divide, a better comprehension of empathy would do wonders to lessen this divide.

Attaining a better sense of empathy allows for one to build upon their perspective and have a better understanding of the people around them. While it may sound too cliche or rudimentary, the best way to build a strong sense of empathy is to explore new things and new people.

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Then while I may have my own preconceived opinions and views, I have fostered some ability to understand the point of views and thought processes of the people around me. Whether it be an privileged high school athlete, or a low-income community college art student, I have been able to interact with people across the spectrum of perspectives.

Surrounding myself with such a variety of people shapes who I am and builds me a stronger sense of self. Then while all these people I have interacted may not be my best friends, nor may I even get along with them all, I at least know where they are coming from and look at them with more than one lens of thought.

From the high school students trying to do something new and build their resume, to the successful college student who just wants to meet some more people outside of their hometown, I cannot stress enough how much getting outside of one’s comfort zone and getting to know people you may have never even spoken to before.

Just by surrounding oneself with a variety of passionate and well-intentioned people, a strong sense of empathy can be fostered. With racial and socio-economic tensions flaring consistently, society would greatly benefit if people just grew better understandings of one another. Once everyone beings to appreciate and value all the different perspectives and point of views that make up this world, a lot could change for the better.

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