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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Childish name calling. We're not a lazy culture.
    I suppose it may be linked to pursuing modern conveniences (driving, not walking, etc), but that's really just to free up more time to work, right?
    I know! So you can get that second job, exactly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edgar View Post
    I have taste, and I have more culture that most people I've come across during my foreign travels... so you know, speak for yourself.

    This "America is lame, everything is lame" mentality is the bastard child of 60s counterculture and the lackadaisical self indulgence of the subsequent decades.

    Don't like the place you're living in? Either work to change it or find a better place to live in. And quit your loathing - nobody thinks that shit is cool aside from other haters.
    I thought I was speaking for myself. Hey that's one thing I do like about this place, I can say it sucks publicly.

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    Volunteerism is a good one! We seem to be strongly attuned to social justice, though different political ideologies see different means of attaining it (private charities, individualism, social organizations, government intervention). I think it ties in with our lack of cynicism and our religious ideals, but not from a causality.

    I would say that the personification of US culture isn't in the cowboy, but that the cowboy is the stereotype most readily identified as an American archetype. Pioneers, colonial settlers, abolitionists, women's suffragists, mountain men, prohibitionists, Hollywood stars, oil tycoons... there are so many American archetypes to choose from and cowboy is only one of them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    I suppose it may be linked to pursuing modern conveniences (driving, not walking, etc), but that's really just to free up more time to work, right?
    Oh, not WORK. I don't want to work anymore than I have to. Why would anyone want to live that way, focused on work all the time?

    I think... it's too much work. They demand so much energy and focus.

    Everything is too much work! AHH!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    Oh, not WORK. I don't want to work anymore than I have to. Why would anyone want to live that way, focused on work all the time?

    I think... it's too much work. They demand so much energy and focus.
    I agree, but our culture celebrates the workaholic. I am, in fact, lazy, but that makes me an atypical American
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    I agree, but our culture celebrates the workaholic. I am, in fact, lazy, but that makes me an atypical American
    What ever happened to moderation? You know, doing enough work to earn money and lead a semi-comfortable existence, but then focus on other aspects of life? Didn't people ever do that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    I agree, but our culture celebrates the workaholic. I am, in fact, lazy, but that makes me an atypical American
    How INFP of you! :yim_phbbbbt: Sorry, I couldn't resist

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athenian200 View Post
    What ever happened to moderation? You know, doing enough work to earn money and lead a semi-comfortable existence, but then focus on other aspects of life? Didn't people ever do that?
    Preaching to the choir

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    How INFP of you! :yim_phbbbbt: Sorry, I couldn't resist
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    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeAppled View Post
    Childish name calling. We're not a lazy culture.
    I suppose it may be linked to pursuing modern conveniences (driving, not walking, etc), but that's really just to free up more time to work, right?
    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I know! So you can get that second job, exactly.
    You have to have the second job to afford the gym membership, the gas for driving to work in the huge SUV that doesn't hold all your 1.2 kids' soccer and key club supplies, the SUV payment, the day care costs for while you're working two jobs, the pet grooming, the yard maintenance, the hair highlighting and lowlighting, the convenience foods since you aren't home to be preparing them more, the tickets to some sort of expensive outlet to allow yourself scheduled downtime after the hectic and stress-filled week, etc.

    I know a lot of people who choose not to live this way, but they're definitely counter-cultural. And America is a place where being counter-cultural is increasingly a strong undercurrent to the culture. Our culture tends to identify more by saying what we aren't than by saying what we are. We aren't British. We aren't racist. We aren't wasteful. We don't do that. We wouldn't do that. Whatever.
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    America...first thing that comes to mind....
    Capitalism.

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