Yesterday felt very political for me. Probably because I shared an article I found interesting that led in to a semi-political discussion. And from there, I ended up clicking on too many links and before I knew it, I saw video clips from ISIS that no one should ever see. All of this on the 4th of July. Independence Day for America the Beautiful. And America the Strange.
Here’s my 5 minute brain dump…
America, you’re weird.
I love this country for a lot of reasons but the main one is that I was born and raised here and it’s my home. I’ve been to other countries, not too many, but enough to gain some perspective. I see a lot of what we’re lacking here but I also appreciate everything that we have.
Yes, we’re lazy. We eat junk. We often have a narrow perspective. But by the same token, we have a vast and beautiful country. All it takes is one cross country flight (get the window seat, please) and you can watch the crowded greenery of the East coast give way to the flat farmlands of the Midwest. Keep watching and you’ll soon seen the desert of the Southwest and cross over the mountains into the diverse landscape of California.
I think what really gets me when I’m taking a flight like this is how much land we truly have. Out west, you can fly for miles (how many miles I’m not sure since I’m in the air) and not see a person, house, road, car. Anything.
It’s a big country on an even bigger planet. Surely there’s enough room for everyone? And by room, I mean room for thoughts, opinions, religions, ideologies.
People are strange and America seems like the king of the strangest. But read the news on any given day of the week (the REAL news, not the celebrity breakup of the moment) and you might find that even the people you disagree with the most really aren’t so bad.