The American Way Isn`t the Only Way
One of the benefits of traveling abroad is the opportunity to experience the different cultures. This exposure helps you broaden your perspectives and understanding of other people’s customs and beliefs. More importantly, it makes you realize that the American way isn’t the only way.
Somehow this fact is lost in the minds of U.S. policy makers who continue to meddle in world’s affairs looking more like a bully than anything else. For instance, what’s this unrelenting preoccupation with exporting democracy to places like the Middle East? It’s simply not going to work. You can help them overthrow tyrants. You can give them billions in aid. You can serve as peacemaker to prevent them from killing each other. At the end of the day, you’re still the bad guy.
During moments of soul-searching, I sometimes wonder if the Bin Ladens of the world are good for america. They help the U.S. pause and ponder if they’re really doing the right thing. Without opposition, it may unknowingly cause the world’s ultimate destruction in its quest to spread democracy that few nations in the world could afford.
The U.S. standard of living is one of the highest in the world. It may appear short-sighted, but it’s this standard of living that makes American democracy possible. Take the standard down a notch or two and its starts to crumble like a deck of cards.
Maintaining its current standard of living comes with a price. It requires lots of non-renewable resources. In energy alone, the Worldwatch Institute reported that the U.S. consumes 25% of the world’s coal, 26% of it’s oil, and 27% of its natural gas. It looks obscene considering that its total population is only 5% of the world’s population.
Ever consider the consequences when every country in the world aspires to be like America? For China alone, it would take four times the resources of this earth to achieve the standard of living that the americans now enjoy.
Be a traveler. When you go overseas, you’ll realize that the American way isn’t the only way and that it may not even be the best way. This isn’t to say I don’t love America. With some reservations, I do. Still, I believe many people can go on with their lives without adopting the American way of life and the excesses that it fosters, thank you very much.