The Blissfulness (And Ignorance) of America

Perhaps it is obvious to say this but I’ll say it anyway: America is an amazing place to live in. The fact that an individual from the bottom of the social hierarchy can accumulate wealth and slowly climb to the top of the social hierarchy is a feat that would otherwise be near impossible in many countries due to clashes with their governments and its laws. By now we have heard countless stories of people who went from zero to hero in their life such as Howard Schultz, Oprah Winfrey, John Koum, and Shahid Khan — two of which were born in other countries and immigrated to America. Not only that, but there is also the ability to express one’s own religion thus allowing America to become as diverse as it can possibly be. Even John F. Kennedy, an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States, famously once said,— and many others soon followed— “we are a nation of immigrants.” Of course, I could go on and on talking about how glorious America is and how excessive our patriotism is and how thankful we are to be able to celebrate Black Friday each year, but all that appraisal has been stated way too many times; instead, I will look at America at a different perspective — one that only a person who has lived their entire life in their own little world unaware of the vast amount of countries and cultures can confidently convey. America is extremely fortunate compared to the rest of the world as well as being arguably one of the most ignorant countries in the world. 

How could America be one of the most ignorant countries in the world if we are ranked high when it comes to our education? Don’t take my word for it, just look at various websites that prove it such as www.independent.co.uk and www.torontosun.com that surveyed over 40 countries and 500-1000 in each country asking a number of questions about their society, including their country’s population, healthcare spending, home ownership and their overall knowledge. Based on the results, America was ranked 5th. That’s not to say we are uneducated in the slightest, after all, many people across the world come to America for its wholesome education though the fact remains that the majority of Americans are not entirely knowledgeable about not only their own country but the presence of others. Perhaps it’s because many choose not to pursue any active learning that would otherwise take too much of their time in their daily lives, but that’s all the more reason to actively pursue that knowledge and try to comprehend the things that are going on around us. I understand that not every person will have the same enthusiasm and inclination to perceive the world around them, but I would still like people to make an attempt to learn some new things here and there and actually be thankful for all the things they have. That’s just wishful thinking. I suppose that’s what separates the successful people from the rest.

To summarize it all, America has the potential to do far more than what it currently has done. I might even go as far as to call it revolutionary if we all did what was asked of us. We have a rich history filled with individuals and groups that have ultimately changed the course of America that fought for what they believed in. I believe we can become an even more educated country. All it takes is a little reinvention.