When I came across this post in Instagram from my friends at BBC America I had a flashing thought that I may be more British than American. I’m pretty sure my distant ancestors came from the Great British Empire a few hundred years ago so maybe it is in my blood. I love looking at things from a philosophical angle and I devour almost everything on BBC America. We just seem to think the same way.
With two hundred and fifty years of history to look back on I kind of think we may have messed up by going our own way back then. We were too impatient and impetuous to know what was good for us. British folks just seem to be more grounded than we Americans. Looking at our current political situation does nothing but to reinforce that feeling.
And then there are guns… In Britain there are just not many of them around. Even the police don’t carry them on their person while on patrol. In a year the gun deaths in Britain equal about one weeks worth in the U.S. Our obsession with guns is literally killing us. I, like my British friends, think that we could learn a lot about this from them if we only opened our minds.
Then there is medical care… In Britain it is just part of the social fabric of the nation that medical care is a right for everyone. We in the U.S. seem to believe it should be proportioned out depending on how much money you have. In the U.S. we spend about $10,000 per person for healthcare. In Britain it is a little over $3,000 and if you listen to all the British expats in the U.S. they simply don’t see the U.S. version, if you can even get it, being any better than what they have at home.
These types of things have convinced me that I am more British than American. The Brits say that Americans are basically brash in-your-face people and I for the most part see the same thing. I wonder what this country would look like if those young impertinent rebels had been defeated the same as the American South was during our Civil War?
Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t see Britain as being superior in every way compared to the U.S. They have had their messy empire conquests the same as we have. Their basic belief in class and aristocracy turns me off and their politics sometimes almost border on the current insane politics of today in the U.S. Nothing or no one is perfect but I still kind of think I may be more British than American…
I do love my country but I think we could learn a lot from the rest of the world. If only we were not so brash and in-your-face to think that our way is the only way..