We have to recognize that American culture is still in its adolescent phase. Unlike for example, China, India, and the ancient American Indian cultures that existed for thousands of years and reached points of maturity, the countries of Europe never truly reached maturity due to their constant religious and economic interwarfare. The ancient cultures of the Middle East, Greece, and Rome considered Europeans to be barbarians, and it was only with economic successes of the 1400's-1500's that England, Spain and the other central European countries BEGAN to lose their barbarity. European history from that time up to the present has not provided good examples of higher levels of human development - it is only in the material/economic realms that Euros and Americans became "successful" by their measures. American still looks primary to England as its role model, but England itself is only now beginning its maturity phase. When Euros reached the Americas, these "nouveau riche" Euros valued only material wealth, and ignored the thousands of years of cultural, ethnical, agricultural, health, religious, philosophical and non-material accomplishments here. At a deeper level Euro-Americans know our cultures have the substance that their material-based cultures don't. They knew and still do that we didn't NEED them, but they needed us, they still do, to reassure themselves that their American endeavor was "right". This lack of Euro-American maturity is particularly evident in difficult economic times as in today's very evident petty political squabbles that consume America's political, economic, and social establishments. On the Euro-Americans part, there is the persistent historical unacknowledged guilt that most persist in trying to rationalize away. Their rationalization is a constant reassurance to themselves that they "won" over us, and also serves to keep us in "our place" - making us and our cultures mascots reassures them of their "righteousness". Until Euro-Americans as a whole start to mature, which is doubtful given the U.S.'s current problems, don't expect to see much change, in fact, if U.S. problems get worse, we might see more.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 20:58