View Poll Results: Have you ever felt that you don't belong in your country?

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    I was only a wee boy when I left Scotland, about 6 years old when I came to Australia

    I still have memories of primary school (elementary school) and I have very clear memories of the house I lived in, or my Grandparents house.

    To me I am Australian, but there is a part of me that still feels a little bit Scottish. There are certain cultural elements of Australia that seem foreign. I don't appreciate Australian Rules Football, I prefer to watch football (soccer). I drink beer from pint glasses not half pints, I like words such as prat, git and bollocks. I don't understand the new phenomenon of hyper-patriotism surrounding ANZAC day.... When in my opinion, Remembrance Day is a for more appropriate avenue of remembering the war dead. I don't like the beach nor am I am the stereotypical sporty Australian.

    But then I have been out of Scotland so long, that I am not sure that I could culturally call myself a Scot or a Brit, but nor do I associate strongly within Australian culture. Don't get me wrong I am a loyal Australian citizen, its just that I have a weird disjoint with country..... But then again, I do not long to go back to Scotland.

    All rather weird.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Hey, I am German. Don't talk to me about "uber" anything, okay buddy? You haven't got a clue.
    Are you uber-German?

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tucker Case View Post
    Are you uber-German?
    I'm not fascist by nature.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by missypea View Post



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






    Why is that? Can you elaborate why the cooking of a goat would be an odd thing?

    Thanks!


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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Australianlibertarian View Post
    I was only a wee boy when I left Scotland, about 6 years old when I came to Australia

    I still have memories of primary school (elementary school) and I have very clear memories of the house I lived in, or my Grandparents house.

    To me I am Australian, but there is a part of me that still feels a little bit Scottish. There are certain cultural elements of Australia that seem foreign. I don't appreciate Australian Rules Football, I prefer to watch football (soccer). I drink beer from pint glasses not half pints, I like words such as prat, git and bollocks. I don't understand the new phenomenon of hyper-patriotism surrounding ANZAC day.... When in my opinion, Remembrance Day is a for more appropriate avenue of remembering the war dead. I don't like the beach nor am I am the stereotypical sporty Australian.

    But then I have been out of Scotland so long, that I am not sure that I could culturally call myself a Scot or a Brit, but nor do I associate strongly within Australian culture. Don't get me wrong I am a loyal Australian citizen, its just that I have a weird disjoint with country..... But then again, I do not long to go back to Scotland.

    All rather weird.
    Yes you do, you just don't seem to realize it. You have the independent nature of Aussies and a similar belief in liberty. I'm proud of my German heritage, but I'm American and am proud to be here. I know I belong here. American culture is unique in that it evolved from the cultures of the Old World and a few others, but now has it's own flavor. I think Australians share that with us, and are liberty-minded like Americans. That's why when I meet Aussies I feel some kinship, though we're different because our cultures evolved in similar manners.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    The first time I felt like I did not belong here was the period right after 9/11. Because of my heritage, I was made fun of and compared to the Muslim extremists who conducted the attacks.

    I will be honest, there was actually a time when I hated Americans, specifically white Americans. Yes I'm admitting it. This was because the people who made fun of me were all white and they instilled in my mind that white people believe they are dominant in the world.

    Yeah it was wrong, but stuff happens.

    Recently I've been thinking more like Korimyr, in that I feel I will never belong to this country because of the personal issues I have with so many of my countrymen.






    Do you feel your mistrust, and hatred is deserved? Do you feel that it is justified? What made it different than those who you hated?


    (meh, you made it interesting again)


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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by American View Post
    Thanks to modern public education.
    I didn't realize that education had anything to do with being a blind nationalist.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cilogy View Post
    Have you ever felt, at any point in your life, that you did not belong in the country you live?

    Please explain your decision.
    Yes I have, to such an extent that I actually left my country in search of other places. It's not that there is anything wrong with Canada and I like returning there to spend time, but I just find it is a very young place and there is so much more diversity in the outside world.

    Even before I came to the conclusion that North America is not for me, I was naturally inclined towards worldly views and wanting to explore other cultures. Naturally, when I grew up and had the means to leave, I did so.

    I don't feel I belong to any one place now... maybe I just belong to planet Earth, and that's all I can really say?

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    don't know if I 'belong' here, but I deserve to be here.....
    Where I am sure I didn't belong was in my original family. They are hard enough to visit with once every decade or so, I surely couldn't live near them...only 1 of the 5 has much of an intellect...
    I refer to myself as the "white sheep" of the family.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    I voted yes that last 8 years in America were pure Hell. The econonomy crapped out for the working poor like me on 9/12/2001 (take that Beck) Now we're hearing about how bad it is because all the richies that said I was "whinning and need to pull myself up by my boot straps" are screaming like little girls about how the million dollar home they bought isn't worth as much anymore. Boo efin' hoo shut up now whiners!
    “We must picture hell as a state where everyone is perpetually concerned about his own dignity and advancement, where everyone has a grievance, and where everyone lives with the deadly serious passions of envy, self-importance, and resentment.”
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