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    Posted: 18-Mar-2007 at 17:59
Culture of Resentment

Modern world can be best represented as "culture of resentment."

One common denominator that I do see in the modern world
is this culture of resentment. Indeed, much of the conflict you do see around the world seems to stem from this basic of all human emotion, that of envy. Much of the basis for anti-American sentiment seems to stems from this culture as well.

What happened on 9/11 clearly demonstrate this culture. The misplaced anger on part of a Muslim mindset, that has gone backward rather than forward, clearly demonstrate this culture.

Whether it's Latin American hatred of America for being too successful, or  the frustration on part of the Europeans  for being marginalized, the culture of resentment is everywhere. 

Of course the problem here isn't America. As best represented by India, a willingness to change has to come from within. Whether it's Latin America,  Middle East,  or even Europeans, the culture of resentment must give way to a culture of self-criticism. 


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  Quote Super Goat (^_^) Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18-Mar-2007 at 20:23
Have you been to a mideast country? American culture is the last thing people resent there.

9/11 has nothing to do with cultural differences....very poor argument.
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Latin America doesn't hate the United States. In lot of cases, there is a widespread admiration for the creativity of "American" people, and the skill they have to build companies and work-teams from zero.
 
What happens in Latin America is that we have been bullied, invaded and intervined by the United States so many times we are afraid of it. For us the U.S. is the bully boy of the neighbourhood. Someone one has to be careful about because we see it like a crazy and shortsight country. That's all.
 
No hate against the U.S. just a rational cautious attitude, that's all.
 
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Many of us in South Korea has nothing against US other than their politics.


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  Quote Spartakus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Mar-2007 at 04:42
I agree with Pekau,although there are many crazy people who simply connect every American with Bush.
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  Quote Ovidius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Mar-2007 at 16:53
I think the opposite is true. The Culture of Resentment is very much a Western phenomena, part of Materlialism and individualism. That breeds resentment within communities.

As for the idea that there is a culture of resentment against America, well I believe that is true. However, i would disagree about your idea that it was misplaced anger. I think the anger is well placed, but the way of dealing with that anger is wrong. Terrorism is unjustifiable, but that doesn't mean that anger against the policies of a nation are misplaced.

Its very easy, for instance, to agree with the anger of the Irish republicans and their political rhetoric against Britain, with the full knowledge that the IRA are the evil fringe of that group.

Anyhow, I love your analysis, placing America at the centre of almost everything. Were the Bombings in London a result of a resentment of America? Ermm
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  Quote Spartakus Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Mar-2007 at 17:03
 against the policies of a nation are misplaced.
 
Politics of a goverment,you mean.
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  Quote Ovidius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Mar-2007 at 17:11
No, the nation. The people vote for a government. The Government is the voice the the nation.

The people may, or may not, agree with that government. But the policies created by the government are created for and in the name of the nation.

Unless you want to pretend that you have the ability to 'opt' out of policies that are for internal issues, like tax?
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The Government is the voice the the nation.
But the policies created by the government are created for and in the name of the nation.
 
The goverment is also the voice of powerfull lobbies.And because a goverment is elected,this does not mean that it's policies will always be for the interest of the people.Nobody had an interest in Iraq,yet Bush sent his troops.
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  Quote Ovidius Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Mar-2007 at 12:29
It doesn't matter what you think.

If the nation was so angry about the War, why did they put him back into power? This is what democracy is about, you have to accept that not everything your government does in your name will be acceptable, doesn't mean that its not done in your name. Unless you believe Governments no longer represent the People, or that America has become a undercover dictatorship.
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  Quote Cryptic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21-Mar-2007 at 15:19
Originally posted by Super Goat (^_^)

Have you been to a mideast country? American culture is the last thing people resent there.

9/11 has nothing to do with cultural differences....very poor argument.
These two statment are way over simplified.
 
Originally posted by Super Goat (^_^)

Have you been to a mideast country? American culture is the last thing people resent there.
Do you mean the people as a whole?  I can assure you that despite the craving for U.S culture demonstrated by younger consumers and the more measured  support of western political life by academics, there is a very deep resentment of secular western culture (U.S. culture) by segments of Middle Eastern society.
Originally posted by Super Goat (^_^)


9/11 has nothing to do with cultural differences....very poor argument.
A perceived spiritual attack on Islamic culture by the secular west was a contributing factor to 9-11.  Israel, of course, was a larger factor.
 
There is very much a culture of resentment that Ju Mong illustrated. 
 
 


Edited by Cryptic - 21-Mar-2007 at 17:34
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