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    Quote Originally Posted by Kora View Post
    I once found this.

    You know, in reality, those orientations were probably reversed.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Well, if we insist on playing "I'm best!" I can add to the game by asking the question where the expression "Eurotrash" came from, I suppose.

    Later I can say some very nice things about European folks I know in RL.
    "No ray of sunshine is ever lost, but the green which it awakes into existence needs time to sprout, and it is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest. All work that is worth anything is done in faith." - Albert Schweitzer

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    The part of the two cultures that I see as most strikingly diverging is the attitude towards work and competition, which is generally more relaxed in European countries and tends towards being gung-ho in the US (from our perspective, of course). About individualism vs socio-capitalism: European countries are smaller and more homogeneous inbetween, so it is more likely that a relatively large goverment will benefit the population as a whole; whereas the US are the largest nation among the richest, thus high levels of government spending would be less effective in producing public goods that well-tailored to rather diverse needs. Even among European countries, those that benefit the most from high levels of welfare are those that have a more homogeneous population and landscape.
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    Well, even our good ol' european cars are still the best. You know, one better than another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    Hey, we might be big ol' fat gun-totin' gas-guzzlin' Jesus freaks, but we invented rock and roll ...
    And jazz and blues.

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    I read the first 50 posts of this thread. Here is what I learned.

    Europe is better!
    Nuh uh, America is better!
    Americans is fat!
    Nuh uh! At least we live in a democracy where we can be fat if we want!
    Americans has no culture!
    Yuh huh! We've got Jesus! Europeans r ghey!
    Nuh uh! We've got Hitler!

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    You can thank bluemonday for the wonderful direction of this thread.
    "We grow up thinking that beliefs are something to be proud of, but they're really nothing but opinions one refuses to reconsider. Beliefs are easy. The stronger your beliefs are, the less open you are to growth and wisdom, because "strength of belief" is only the intensity with which you resist questioning yourself. As soon as you are proud of a belief, as soon as you think it adds something to who you are, then you've made it a part of your ego."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiltyred View Post
    Hey, we might be big ol' fat gun-totin' gas-guzzlin' Jesus freaks, but we invented rock and roll ...
    we invented America

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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
    I read the first 50 posts of this thread. Here is what I learned.

    Europe is better!
    Nuh uh, America is better!
    Americans is fat!
    Nuh uh! At least we live in a democracy where we can be fat if we want!
    Americans has no culture!
    Yuh huh! We've got Jesus! Europeans r ghey!
    Nuh uh! We've got Hitler!
    Yeah?

    I don't see a problem with it, except that the thread probably ought to be moved to the Fluff forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oberon View Post
    Yeah?

    I don't see a problem with it, except that the thread probably ought to be moved to the Fluff forum.
    I have expected that something like this could happen so I am just waiting that people spend their ammunituion. What will probably be soon if we are not already there.

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