I’m sometimes intrigued by the relative absence of tribalism and significant cultural variations in the U.S.A.
Is it for real, or can I not see it?
Of course, there is the language: a person from the south doesn’t talk like a person from the north, etc.; and in rural places, there is a certain suspicion against outsiders.
But another culture…?
It doesn’t seem so.
People pretty much eat the same stuff, drive the same cars, take the same tests in school, listen to the same songs, and watch the same movies and TV shows. In my view, the U.S.A. is quite amazing for having such a relatively homogeneous society.
I grew up in Switzerland where – in such a small country – we don’t only have four national languages, but there are also about 40 different recognizable dialects. Some dialects use different words for everyday things, like for example “cat”: Buesi, Chatz, Maeudi, etc.
There are customs that vary a lot from region to region as well. Switzerland is an amazing melting-pot of many sub-cultures. Since the country is so small, you can get from one culture to the other in an easy half-hour trip…
I wonder what Americans would think of it, if they had some time to spend in Switzerland, and get to know the different areas of that country. I only know that I’m surprised at how little cultural differences are present here in the United States. Is it because of the truly enormous distances? There are, of course cultural differences between i.e. Portland, Oregon, and Miami, Florida. But between the two are about 3300 miles. That would be several countries over in Europe. 🙂 Therefore, a different culture is practically expected for places that far apart.
But except for Indian reservations and Native American tribes, as well as people of certain religions (i.e. the Amish), there doesn’t seem to be a great big cultural diversity within a few hundred miles of any given place in the U.S.A.
How did that happen?
How could that happen?
Is this due to the true political correctness and tolerance?
🙂 🙂 🙂