I think Italians wish they could identify more with the Roman empire.
Not true. We are simply disconnected from them. There is nothing in common between modern Italy and the Roman Empire. No Italian, if asked what he identifies with, would name the Roman Empire (Mussolini tried to forcibly attach this identity - the results were horrible, as everybody knows).
I haven't seen anything impressive come out of that part of the world in a while. What are you guys doin over there?
I personally don't feel the need to do anything impressive. But anyways, I'm not trying to make it a competition Italy vs the US - I know Italy has some very big problems, esp the government and the southern part of it - but I am also shocked by certain peculiar opinions I see around here.
As far as mecca of intellectualism and enlightment: I do think our universities are pretty good, on average, and that we do quite well at research - although, with the exception of the richest cities of northern italy, most university cannot afford to pay decently our own researchers, which then end up going abroad. This is a problem mostly related to our cartoonish goverment that loves to cut expenses on education and research, for reasons that are largely unknown.
There is a lot of talking about USA values and European values in the last few years since the cultures are drifting apart in the last 5 years.
So this thread is for talking about those differences and what way are we different. And topic should cover all aspects of this differences.
To tell you the truth many aspects of American culture do not make much sense. (at least to me)
So strong impact of religion upon society
Supporting of totally free market
Denial of almost everything that has something to do with environment
How can someone weight over 250 Ibs? I trully don't understand this one.
Here if you are over 200Ibs you are fat pig unless you are really tall.
But in US there are people over 300,400 or even heavier than that.
I can't believe that a person can't see that they are getting fat and do something about it.
I mean you can't get that much fat over night.
This are just some general chapters and there are many small ones.
Also the other side is free to ask questions back.(that is the whole point)
As for Canadians , Australians or others they are welcome here as well.
Can be summed up this way: American's are afraid of sex and sexual openness but embrace violence. Europeans are unbelievably open to sex but are afraid of even seeing someone get bruised.