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Why America Is #1
It may not be the reason you think
ANNOUNCEMENT: I recorded a Podcast that was supposed to be published yesterday, but I failed to schedule it to go out when I wanted to, so I’ll be dropping a paid post (the Podcast) and a free post (normal schedule) Friday.
America is a great country for many reasons, so it's no wonder the United States is often referred to as the greatest country in the world.
America is incredible in culture and diversity; as a country, we’ve also found (maybe not in recent times) economic success and liberty + freedoms few possess elsewhere.
Now, there are countless reasons why America is the greatest nation on the planet but the one I’m going to hit the hardest in today’s piece (it comes at the end) is one not often recognized.
Why America (Americans) Make This Country #1
One of the greatest aspects of America is its incredible diversity.
DIVERSITY: The United States is home to people of all racial, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. As a country we welcome outsiders and encourage them to share their culture here.
The diversity found here makes America unique, allowing us to learn from and appreciate different cultures and backgrounds. In addition, this diversity has made the nation stronger, creating an incredibly resilient population with diverse perspectives and ideas. I’ve been roommates with a Scotsman, Asian, Haitian, Jamaican, and have been (in person, not online) friends with Portuguese, Palau, Irish, English, and god knows how many others in my youth and adult life.
CASH IS KING: The economic success of America is also impressive.
The United States has become one of the wealthiest nations in the world and has the world's largest economy, which today could be considered the biggest, but maybe not the best. This economic success has allowed Americans to enjoy a high quality of life and numerous opportunities for prosperity - which drives the closing point.
GIVE ME FREEDOM OR DEATH: The freedoms that Americans enjoy are perhaps the greatest aspect of living here.
American citizens are entitled to certain basic rights, such as freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to a fair trial. These freedoms are essential in any society and are a major reason why America is legit the greatest country on the planet.
THE MAIN REASON: I once had a SGTMAJ tell all the instructors that we were to bring an apple with us on a base “death march”., which was him leading us on a walk/run around the base for miles and miles. At the end of it, he had each of us pull the apple out and eat it; then he pointed out how each of us were acting like it was the greatest apple there’s ever been. His point is to appreciate what you’ve got and not take it for granted. That plain old apple became the best damn apple because we were really fucking hungry.
That’s what makes America so great;
In a country of economic success, cultural diversity, a liberty, Americans go out of their way to not lose touch with reality and appreciate the little things. If you live off TV intel, you’d think I’m 100% wrong, but if you were to look around and immerse in your community, you’d find that there are many Americans who appreciate the little things in life. With every reason to be removed from discomfort and focused on distractions, Americans fight against tyranny, deprive themselves of luxuries, and keep their eyes on the prize of finding purpose in life over become a citizenry of controlled, content, and comfortably numb slaves.
Sure, we have our issues; but even with the flaws, the features of this country come out on top. America is #1 because Americans don’t let our success keep us from losing touch with what really maters in the world.
America is an amazing country with a lot to offer. I am glad I was born here, proud to have served her, and I hope my fellow citizens and those outside the U.S. recognize how unique of a system we have going here really is.
- Zachary Small
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