I don’t know why, but I am reminded again and again lately that the USA is just a “babe in the woods” of the world. We have a mere four hundred-year history and that’s not even enough to say we are mature, we are still teenagers. From what I have been reading much of Europe and especially China and Japan see us as a possible flash-in-the-pan. That phrase come from very early photography days were to brighten up the scene they ignited a pan of gunpowder. It made a bright flash and then quickly disappeared.
Are we destined to be a flash-in-the-pan? If #CO3 (current Oval Office occupant) is re-elected I would say that is an almost a certainty. Even without him, our seemingly excessive bravado could still make that happen. I don’t know what has happened to this country in the 21st century. It is almost as if we are on a self-appointed path to oblivion! The “us vs them” mentality is quickly replacing the common good mentality and as a result empathy seems to be dead. We can’t get along with each other or anyone else for that matter. Are we Baby Boomers the primary cause of that? I don’t know, but we should take the brunt of the responsibility for that happening. We are pretty much the oldest generation, and we have nurtured the younger ones that have come since we.
If we could only learn what the more mature countries could teach us, we would be much better off. But, learning from others just seems to be impossible with us. I guess we are kinda like a teenager who thinks they know it all and doesn’t have to pay any attention to the adults who tell them otherwise.
Will we as a country live past our rebellious teenage years? The jury is still out on that one. Hopefully, we will come to realize that we don’t have all the answers to life and then go about finding those who can best help us from screwing up so many things.
We, like so many teenagers, think we know it all and simply won’t listen to anyone else.