What the World Thinks About the World

| 11/19/2009 4:42:50 PM

How much do you know about what the world thinks? The Pew Research Center has created a quiz to test how much people know about global attitudes toward the United States, democracy, and international policy. I took the quiz and did embarrassingly bad. Among the questions I got wrong: “Where are people more likely to say their culture is superior to others? United States, Germany, France, or Italy?” Visit the quiz to find out the answers.

Source: Pew Research Center 

11/24/2009 4:37:42 PM

My comment is a response to Annie's comment. I think that it depends on how long you live somewhere, and also if you WANT to live somewhere else and adopt that culture. I don't think that it's impossible to shift your perspective, but it does take motivation and time. Your comments about the city being dirty left me wondering how many large US cities you have lived in? Maybe it isn't about Argentina but more about city life.

Annie Ory
11/21/2009 9:23:52 AM

I live in Argentina, I'm American. One thing I've learned from living as an immigrant is that there is no way to COMPLETELY shift your perspective. We all see the world through the lens of our experience. I spoke to someone here once, a native who had not traveled much. She asked me why I wouldn't be staying forever and I carefully and as kindly as possible told her some of the reasons I don't like living here well enough to make it forever. One of these is that I find the city very dirty. She was surprised by that. She sees the dirt, but she just assumed that all cities are that way. I only think they aren't because I've been to places in the US and in other countries that are very clean, but of course, they are clean in comparison to something. I didn't used to think of the city I came from in the states as being clean, until I moved here....

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