Sherman’s Lagoon (3/16/11)

As an American city dweller, it’s almost impossible for me to avoid people from other countries. This is a good thing, but it also subjects me to an inordinate number of conversations comparing the United States to a person’s country of origin. In some cases, this can be interesting – I might learn something new about Chinese culture, Italian cuisine, or Mexican music – but in too many cases it can be tedious. And forgive me for stereotyping, but Europeans are the worst when it comes to romanticizing the standard of living in their home countries. Sure, Europe can point to myriad accomplishments in the post-war era, but it’s also had its share of problems, and if you look at the continent’s history prior to, say, 1946…well, it’s not a pretty picture.

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