America, The Greatest?
Is America Really the Greatest Country in the World?
Patriotism vs. Blind Patriotism
Patriotism: the devotion to one's own country, a healthy love of country
Blind patriotism: the one-sided belief that your country is better than all others, typically used to belittle or aggravate another
What about America?
Modern patriotism in society has become more about the thought that America is essentially better than everyone else, not about the individual pride in America.
Patriotism is not all bad, but in today's society, it has revolutionized into the blind patriotism everyone pictures when they think of America.
Patriotism has spun out of control, with the stigma and reputation of America scorned.
Globally, America is:
- 11th happiest country in the world
- 22nd in freedom from corruption
- 50th in life expectancy
- 192nd in debt
- 39th in income inequality
- Only the 3rd largest country in the world
- 5% of the world's population, but we use 20% of the world's energy
- 66% of the world's obese
- 23rd in health care
- 18th most expensive bread
With this in mind, why is it Americans arrogantly believe they're the best?
Because we used to be...
America used to be the greatest country in the world, but it isn't anymore.
The best way for America to reclaim its title as "superpower of the world" is to realize America's decline and accept it.
America has potential to be great again!
No matter what, pride should not be focused on being better than everyone else, but on individual success.