I live in Thailand by choice, because my country, The United States of America, has become infected with self loathing, and no longer offers the variety of life and freedom for me, it once did.
The beach town that I live in, attracts tourists from around the world. The Thai people who come here to work, largely come from rural communities, to work in the service industry. They call us Farang, which means foreigner; but when they get over their shyness, a question comes up, as they see White Americans who look German, or Black Americans they call Chocolate man, or Americans who look Chinese, or Latin looking Americans. Once a Navajo American Marine who looked Filipino came to the bar, and this really put them in a spin.
So they ask, “What is an American?”
The only answer I have is “We all come from people who came to a new world, to find a better life! We are the world”
I know that is not an adequate answer, but if I recite the Gettysburg Address, they wouldn't understand.
Telling them about The Bill of Rights, doesn't help much. How can a Government limit themselves, they would ask. Can't a government change the rules anytime it wants? In Thailand, the Army just took over. In America, we constantly argue over what is a Right, and courts constantly re interpret what the founders meant. What was meant to regulate commerce between independent states, now regulates Civil Rights for individuals.
But their questioning raises some deep questions in my mind, and to find an answer, I liken being an American to being part of a larger BODY, a Giant organism that functions best when all parts are healthy. America is a living entity, always growing, always changing. The most dynamic country on this earth! The population are it's Cells, and its institutions/groups function as organs.
UNCLE SAM, IS A PERSON!
The BRAIN of America, is also called Grey Matter, that's right, consisting of all colors, or no color, take your choice. All different, convoluted, sectors that when they work in unison create ideas that improve life for all, but when they are in conflict, create madness. Competing brain sectors create headaches that become migraines and can cause us to self destruct, or make stupid statements like “Black lives Matter.”.
Notice, that the brain has no sexuality as it functions. There are no male or female ideas! It is above that in its function. But it determines what our function is, in matters of gender., and determines what we are attracted to for sexual gratification.
Those who think with their crotch, deny the brain a chance to understand the quality of all sexes. We as a people are denied the beauty of a woman or the strength of a man.
Instead of trying to help the misfits function in society, many want to change society , to the vision of the misfits.
The HEART provides life to all. It keeps the blood of well being, flowing to all cells and organs. When one part is denied adequate blood, it can become gangrenous and destroy the entire body. Just as all parts of our body must be exercised and nourished, all members of society must be given the opportunity to reach potential or they will atrophy and die, poisoning the body, as they go. Mutual RESPECT is the heart of American Society.
The LUNGS provide the oxygen that is the energy or vitality of commerce, that keeps all parts functioning. But they must work in unison. If the Left lung breaths in, while the Right lung breaths out, the entire body is denied what it needs to survive! The lunngs are the social movements known as Liberals and Conservatives.
When the Left wing, and the Right wing are flapping at different times, the American Eagle loses height, and eventually crashes.
The LEGS provide movement . America spans the globe. They connect us with other bodies of people and offer opportunity to explore and improve our environment. How dull would our lives be without the spices of the Middle East, the Art and Culture of Europe, the Music and athletics of Africa, the tropical fruits of Latin America, “Yes we have no Banana's”, or coffee, the gentle culture of Asia. Silk. We still don't understand why Acupuncture works. The wisdom of Gandhi.
This clash of IDEAS strengthens and fine tunes all of our ideas, until each of us is better than the original.
The ARM's are the Military and the Government that can do great harm, or great good, depending if they offer a hand or a fist to our neighbors. That allows us to reach out to our brothers and lift them up, while gaining what we need, or steal what they have. In the past we have done both
So America is like a human body. Always changing. No part more important for survival than the other. When cells conflict, it is a cancer, like Democrats trying to defeat Republicans, the well being of the body is sacrificed so one can dominate the other. Compromise and respect for the individual is as healthy, as a balanced diet.
When we reject a transplanted organ,we may be destroying the very thing that can save us from a weakness, developed over time. Our ability to be self sufficient is in serious danger! To grow and be strong we must absorb what the world has to offer.
As a body of people, we can only survive with holistic medicine and care. Diet, exercise, and emotional well being are of equal importance. All of our cells matter, all of our organs are vital, even if we do not understand their function , like the appendix.
AMERICA IS THE BEST OF THE WORLD IN ONE PLACE.