Americans Look So Arrogant and Ridiculous From the Outside

I just got the below pictures and text in an email, and it’s all so true. When you live outside of the U.S. as an expatriate sometimes it’s embarrassing to say that you are from the U.S. I’m tired of being from the country with the world’s highest per capita consumption of most natural resources, such as “one quarter of the world’s global energy supply” (Garrick Utley, CNN).  I’m tired of having to explain to taxi drivers that I don’t agree with my government’s actions. That myself and many other Americans would like to see the U.S. act with diplomacy and peace, participate in solving the world’s environmental problems, etc. I love my country, but let’s get our act together!

When I visit the U.S. from Mexico I’m always struck by how “rich” everyone is. The poor people in the U.S. have it better than those in Mexico in so many ways — yet people complain all the time. There is way too much complaining going on in the U.S. And I don’t mean the poor people are the only ones complaining. The rich people are royal complainers. (It really gets to me when people who own a home and two cars complain about not having enough money!) [If you own a home and two cars and the payments are eating you up, then demand from your government a good public transportation system and smarter urban development so you can get rid of one of those cars. Victoria, B.C. provides a good example of how this can be done.]

It’s a shame that many of my readers are considering retiring in Mexico because they can’t afford to retire in their own country! People can’t afford health care in the U.S. We have poor people who need better schools and better opportunities. We have kids going into the military because it’s the only deal our government offers them. I hope my country figures out that the more ecologically minded we are, the better our lives will be. Meanwhile, I miss home, but I’m glad I’m missing home — if you can understand that.

It’s a bad idea to complain in blogs, but I couldn’t help myself: I’m American.

If you think you are unhappy, look at them.

[Oops. I don’t have the photos anymore. If you want to see them, click here and scroll down a smidge.]

If you think your salary is low, how about her?


If you think you don’t have many friends…


When you feel like giving up, think of this man.


If you think you suffer in life, do you suffer as much as he does?


If you complain about your transport system, how about them?


If your society is unfair to you, how about her?


Enjoy life how it is and as it comes.


Things are worse for others and a lot better for us.