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Thread: Do You Belong Here?

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Analyst View Post
    I admit to feeling as though I don't really fit in America.

    1) I hate sports.

    2) Etiquette and courtesy are extremely important to me.

    3) I reject Consumerism.

    4) Very few people I meet are truly worth befriending (and most of those are Christian).

    5) We're a culture of "it's all about..me!" (Yes, I'm guilty of it, too)

    6) It's hard to shake the feeling that most people are either stupid, spoiled, or both.

    7) I'm not competitive, I'd prefer to cooperate but it's amazing how little of this actually occurs in our culture.

    8) We're so inundated with marketing, it's difficult to know what actually influences us. As much as I reject consumerism, I find myself humming catcy jingles to myself, in spite of my repulsion - which is exactly why marketing works. The average number of ads viewed per day is some ridiculous number over 1000, link if you're curious. Theory of media literacy: a ... - Google Book Search

    9) Most people are so brainwashed, I actually find myself ostracized at times simply because I am unafraid to assert myself in refusing to engage in popular American activities (watching sports, television, shopping, etc).

    10) It's unbelievably easy to get ripped off, from just about every direction.
    Thats how I am except for the competitiveness. I love to win at whatever I do.

    As far as people who I would befriend, I haven't met anyone, I would consider worthy of extending a long term friendship with, since I moved to where I am now.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    I believe I am an international citizen, a man of the world; as this country is a part of said world, I suppose I belong here more or less.


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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    This is a very nationalistic country. I am not.
    This is a very support your military country. I am not.
    This is a very America love it or leave it country. I am not happy with what we have become as a nation.

    I don't fit politically either.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    We will live in the UK as long as my Mum is alive, at present I still dont have to many probs with the UK.

    My heart has been stolen by my wifes country Croatia.

    We have a house on the beautiful island of Hvar.

    When I am there I can loose myself.Do You Belong Here?-drnis-004-jpgclic on pic,the view from our bedroom window, I have a boat in the cove and I fish for lunch each day.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by B L Zeebub View Post
    We will live in the UK as long as my Mum is alive, at present I still dont have to many probs with the UK.

    My heart has been stolen by my wifes country Croatia.

    We have a house on the beautiful island of Hvar.

    When I am there I can loose myself.Do You Belong Here?-drnis-004-jpgclic on pic,the view from our bedroom window, I have a boat in the cove and I fish for lunch each day.
    Beautiful view BLZ. My partner and i have a home in Marseilles that is where we will live when she retires. I find France more suitable to who I am. It seems more comfortable to me.
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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Inferno View Post
    Beautiful view BLZ. My partner and i have a home in Marseilles that is where we will live when she retires. I find France more suitable to who I am. It seems more comfortable to me.
    I spent a very unpleasant 10 days in prison in Marseilles, I was living in Frejeus at the time about 47 yrs ago. I was innocent but I was kicked out of France and my brother passport ( I stole it when I left home at 15yrs 6months) was stamped undesirable alien.

    Its a very pleasant part of France

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    I selected yes.

    I've been astounded, since my mid-twenties after the first time I travelled abroad, at how "high and mighty" America is. All through my years of grammar and high school, I remember being taught all about how grand, great, and "superior" this country is. We were taught very little about other countries. For quite some time as a child I thought America was the only country with TV and running water .

    Then, in my mid-twenties, when I travelled to Europe I discovered people who not only knew and loved their countries, but knew quite a bit about mine as well. Children knew parts of our Constitution, knew some of our laws, and spoke several languages...fluently. It showed me just how "all that and then some" America thinks it is. Arrogance.

    Oh, and the air smells here as well. The aromas while departing from my flights in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland were light, fresh and clean smelling. Not here. First step outside after landing back in the states and all I could smell was filth. Disgusting.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjyoung View Post
    Oh, and the air smells here as well. The aromas while departing from my flights in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland were light, fresh and clean smelling. Not here. First step outside after landing back in the states and all I could smell was filth. Disgusting.
    I've noticed in my travels that countries that burn a lot of coal tend to have this problem.

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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by kjyoung View Post
    I selected yes.

    I've been astounded, since my mid-twenties after the first time I travelled abroad, at how "high and mighty" America is. All through my years of grammar and high school, I remember being taught all about how grand, great, and "superior" this country is. We were taught very little about other countries. For quite some time as a child I thought America was the only country with TV and running water .

    Then, in my mid-twenties, when I travelled to Europe I discovered people who not only knew and loved their countries, but knew quite a bit about mine as well. Children knew parts of our Constitution, knew some of our laws, and spoke several languages...fluently. It showed me just how "all that and then some" America thinks it is. Arrogance.

    Oh, and the air smells here as well. The aromas while departing from my flights in the Netherlands, Germany and Scotland were light, fresh and clean smelling. Not here. First step outside after landing back in the states and all I could smell was filth. Disgusting.

    -k




    That's funny, I find europe,especially the cities to have a putrid oferiferous emination.....



    Go out in the country.


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    Re: Do You Belong Here?

    Quote Originally Posted by Reverend_Hellh0und View Post
    That's funny, I find europe,especially the cities to have a putrid oferiferous emination.....



    Go out in the country.
    I've been in the coutryside...both in the Netherlands and Scotland. Actually lived in a very rural area of the Friesland province of Netherlands for a few months. I never smelled the stench I do here. (And no, I don't live in the heart of Chicago, L.A., or New York City. )

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