The goal of this blog is for me to have a method with which I can express my opinions as to why this country is going to shit. Prepare for a lot of ranting.
Firstly, I believe nationalism in general is one of the most fatal flaws of this country. Nationalism, A.K.A "the belief that your country is the greatest because you were born in it," seeps out of every advertisement, store front, shopping mall, and house in this country. "America's favorite burger," or "the American brand," or "the heartbeat of America." Whether it be a cheesy pick-up line tossed at you by a car company or an enormous flag hung across the rear window of an "upstanding citizen" 's Ford pick-up truck, this belief that living in this country somehow makes us "better" than every other person living in the rest of the 194 other countries in the world permeates throughout our ass-backwards society. America is not the best, America is not "God's country," we are simply a country in this world full of countries, and we have to start behaving like there are other people out there, and that they're not there simply to make our Mickey Mouse t-shirts and answer Comcast's phones.
Also, Christianity runs rampant through this country in such a way that the inhabitants of some parts of this country are so blinded by ignorant faith that it is simply holding them back from becoming halfway intelligent beings. Now, as a preface, I have inherent problem with Christianity in general and its teachings, that is not what this is about. I agree with many of the core values of Christianity, just not necessarily how they are put into practice around the world. The proper response upon meeting someone with beliefs that differ from your own should not be, "but if you don't believe what I believe, you must be evil and are going to hell." Believing that Christianity is the one true religion and that all other religions are complete gibberish is so painfully ignorant, however I see it quite often. I've heard devout Christians discuss how ridiculous Islam is, when the things they are saying are not relevant to the teachings of Islam or any of the writings in the Koran. Or similarly, putting polytheism down because it is "ridiculous." Christianity states that God impregnated himself asexually with himself in order to give birth to himself so that he could die, resurrect himself and save the rest of the world from a sin that they committed before they were born. Makes perfect sense, everything else has got to be absolute bullshit, right? The grand central theme here is that our country seems to have a lack of respect for anything different than their own ways, and is blind to the wonderful array of cultures that our world has to offer besides apple pie and fireworks.