I’ve been following links on rooijan’s blog, and I eventually stumbled across this article. It’s a four page writeup about the ignorance that the average American citizen has towards world affairs. It’s an interesting read, especially when you consider that it was written two weeks after the September 11 attacks.
Now, it’s quite interesting, because I have contact with some Americans. I’m thinking of one in particular. In my spare time, I play a game called NationStates, in which you “build a nation and run it according to your own warped ideals”. (My nation is called Clubbland; comes from my love of trance music.) Now, nations are grouped into regions; I’m in this one particular region filled mainly with fellow South Africans. We do, however, have a 13-year-old American kid (not sure where in the States he’s from). Now, he thinks that America is at the center of the universe (and rooijan will immediately tell you that it’s NOT) and he’s quite patriotic. Anyway, I gave him the link to read. So hopefully, he’ll read it and take it to heart.
I’d better be off now. Weekend beckons.