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Thread: Do You Belong Here?

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    Thats part of how I feel about where I am.

    I pretty much don't have a connection to the people here.
    The land I love, I hated to move from my last residence because I was on 40 acres backed up to a forest.

    I loved it and still do but now I live in a townhouse. Sigh

    I'd like to experience the Australian desert, Siberian wastes, and everything in between.
    To me, the United States is a land more so than just a way of life. Don't get me wrong, I connect with people here, but you can connect with people anywhere. I have connected with people in Hong Kong for example. Its the land that really sets us apart from places like western Europe.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    I did briefly in 1996. I'd just gotten out of the military after living in the Far East for the previous seven years. The adjustment when I moved back was startling, and at times a little jarring. Relearning to drive a car with the steering wheel on the left was interesting, to say the least.

    One thing living overseas has done for me is make me realize that I could be happy living in another country if I ever truly had the desire to leave the US.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    To me, the United States is a land more so than just a way of life. Don't get me wrong, I connect with people here, but you can connect with people anywhere. I have connected with people in Hong Kong for example. Its the land that really sets us apart from places like western Europe.
    I haven't left the southeast yet, however, I live near Atlanta and get to talk to people from all places and walks of life.

    I've never had a problem with people from foreign countries.
    One thing I really don't enjoy for long is large cities, it gets so drab.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Moon View Post
    I did briefly in 1996. I'd just gotten out of the military after living in the Far East for the previous seven years. The adjustment when I moved back was startling, and at times a little jarring. Relearning to drive a car with the steering wheel on the left was interesting, to say the least.

    One thing living overseas has done for me is make me realize that I could be happy living in another country if I ever truly had the desire to leave the US.
    I had a friend in an online game who came back to the US after 4 years in Japan, and he said the culture shock coming back to the US was greater than the culture shock when he went over to Japan.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by dclxvinoise View Post
    Based on what? I've never felt like I've belonged or didn't belong here. I was just born where I was. Could you elaborate?
    Thanks to modern public education.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Thanks to modern public education.
    Sounds like your being an uber nationalist.

    Some people never feel connected with their fellow citizens or their country.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Redress View Post
    I had a friend in an online game who came back to the US after 4 years in Japan, and he said the culture shock coming back to the US was greater than the culture shock when he went over to Japan.
    I can understand that after living on Okinawa for 5 and a half years.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    All the damn time.

    I was born in this country, raised in this country, and raised to love this country. I grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school, in the Boy Scouts, and even at home, and I've meant every word of it.

    This is my country and these are my people. (Even if I tend to include Canadians.) My blood has been spilled on this land for fourteen generations, more than three centuries. I love this land, and I love these people.

    But I never feel like I belong here. I feel like I am an alien among my own people. I cannot understand their values, and all too often I am disgusted by them. My people are, on the majority, hostile to everything I believe in-- religiously, politically, philosophically-- and I feel like I am watching them commit suicide.

    I know that the government of this country will never be what I want, what I think this people-- my people-- need. And I know that my people will never turn away from this disastrous course until it is far too late.

    But where am I going to go? I may be an alien in America, but at least I am an American. I've been told more than once to leave this country, to go to a country like China or Iraq, or another country with a government more to my liking... but I'm not Chinese or Iraqi. Alien or not, this is my country. And if I don't belong here, I do not belong anywhere.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Korimyr the Rat View Post
    All the damn time.

    I was born in this country, raised in this country, and raised to love this country. I grew up saying the Pledge of Allegiance at school, in the Boy Scouts, and even at home, and I've meant every word of it.

    This is my country and these are my people. (Even if I tend to include Canadians.) My blood has been spilled on this land for fourteen generations, more than three centuries. I love this land, and I love these people.

    But I never feel like I belong here. I feel like I am an alien among my own people. I cannot understand their values, and all too often I am disgusted by them. My people are, on the majority, hostile to everything I believe in-- religiously, politically, philosophically-- and I feel like I am watching them commit suicide.

    I know that the government of this country will never be what I want, what I think this people-- my people-- need. And I know that my people will never turn away from this disastrous course until it is far too late.

    But where am I going to go? I may be an alien in America, but at least I am an American. I've been told more than once to leave this country, to go to a country like China or Iraq, or another country with a government more to my liking... but I'm not Chinese or Iraqi. Alien or not, this is my country. And if I don't belong here, I do not belong anywhere.
    Man, I never could express it the way you have but spot on.

    I think my love has passed for a country and it resides for my personal love of my idea of freedom.

    As far as being alien, I can't think of a better word to describe it.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    I have never felt I did not belong here. I have been in places that I did not feel that I belonged such as a goat roast in Paron, Arkansas



    I can't imagine who would fit right in at a goat roast.




    I would chat with her when I'm feeling particularly snarky, but I wouldn't ever call her on the phone.

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