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  1. I'm also seeing people posting links and saying that if the whole world voted in the US Election, Kerry would have won by a landslide.

    Question: how can you think that's actually meaningful information at all?

    1. The rest of the world is voting in their own best interests. Not yours. Everyone else's best interests are not necessarily in line with an American's. Even if what's best for Americans and everyone else happens to be Kerry as President, it's more likely a coincidence than anything else.

    2. You realize that most of the rest of the world thinks very poorly of Americans, right? I'm not sure about you, but I'd have to think very carefully about the opinion of someone who hates me.

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scott_wells
Nov. 4th, 2004 10:28 am (UTC)
I truly wish more American would understand that fact. The sad thing is, most of them think that we are universally loved, and you can't really convince them otherwise.

Admittedly, in this election, I side with those nations of the world that wanted to see Bush gone. But then, I actually am one of the few Americans I know that cares about what goes on beyond our borders.

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science_vixen
Nov. 4th, 2004 04:21 pm (UTC)
ou realize that most of the rest of the world thinks very poorly of Americans, right?

Not so, most of the world thinks very highly of Americans. And excedingly poorly od G.W.Bush. which is why we're so surprised that he was elected President again.
bride
Nov. 5th, 2004 11:25 pm (UTC)
most of the world thinks very highly of Americans.

Interesting... I've heard otherwise.
science_vixen
Nov. 6th, 2004 02:28 am (UTC)
Well sure. I've hear'd US citizens say that the US was going to invade Europe (France to be exact) if they didn't keep their oppinions for themselves. I would never make the mistake of believing that this is true for all americans. There are fringe groups everywhere. And in the post 9/11 world most of the world is swepted up in such paranoia that those voices are more clearly heard than those talking moderation.
science_vixen
Nov. 6th, 2004 02:29 am (UTC)
with apologies for the typos,
The spell checker of my LJ-client doesn't seem to work.
fazia
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
"You realize that most of the rest of the world thinks very poorly of Americans, right? I'm not sure about you, but I'd have to think very carefully about the opinion of someone who hates me."

I've often learned more about myself from people who dislike me than from those closest to me who love me. I remember one, several years ago, who turned his ire to me in a professional setting. It was agonizing, painful and stressful - but in the end I learned a lot more about myself a lot more quickly than I would have in anotehr situation.

Those who love me, strengthen me and give me confidence in myself, but might not even *see* my flawslet alone wish to hurt me by holding my flaws up to me. The person who hates me cares not about how I feel and may even be out to destroy me - but ends up being more honest in thier critique and critisism.
bride
Nov. 4th, 2004 06:52 pm (UTC)
Right. But you wouldn't take things at face value in those cases, you'd still have to sift through things carefully and try to understand why they're saying the things they are.

I'm not saying Bush was the right choice because the rest of the world voted for Kerry. But the links and posts that I'm reading sounded like, "Look: The rest of the world is voting for Kerry, so we should as well."
qmrq
Nov. 5th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC)
Who did you vote for?
bride
Nov. 5th, 2004 09:24 am (UTC)
I'm Canadian. I didn't vote. =)
qmrq
Nov. 5th, 2004 11:07 am (UTC)
Duh!
I knew that!
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