At 02:23 AM 2/16/96 -0500, you wrote:
><<As far as "ethnic heritage" is concerned, I have friends in the UK that
>find it totally bizarre that we consider ourselves anything other than
>Americans. One of my Irish friends can hardly keep from laughing when an
>American say, "I'm Irish, or part-Irish.">>
>It's an interesting position that your friends overseas are in. Many of my
>cousins feel the same way. However, one of them was insightful enough to
>point out that Ireland and Britain have a few thousand years of history.
> The USA, on the other hand, is still so very new (relatively speaking).
> Personally, I think that has much to do with it. We, as Americans, are so
>often just trying to find that thing that identifies us as a culture <besides
>McDonalds, overwhelming economic power, and an insanely large military, that
>is>. Yes, I may be generalizing a bit <maybe quite a bit ;) >. So, you
>add that to the amazing amount of media in America--and you have quite a
> The one thing I fear is that so many of us seem to be blind to the fact
>that there is more to America! I think that by embracing our diversity,
>we'll find our commonality.
When considering all these issues of "newness," shouldn't we bring up what has happened in the past, i.e. with the Roman inferiority complex about the Greeks... The Angles, Saxons,etc. being so bold as to name the natives of the land they came to "Weallas" the foreigners...?
We always want to cling to something older... America is just the baby in the world... The young one that is so often resented by the old, but who longs to be older.
A'm swynsei Math, Cyn bum diaered..."
I had been marked by kind, before I became immortal...
Taliesin, in the Hanes Taliesen
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