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Re: RC: Observations and apologies

In a message dated 5/11/01 12:58:44 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Just a casual observation : I can't help noticing the different reactions
which I see among Americans, to those I see among South Africans and
Europeans.  You guys are very aware of your constitutional rights, and that
has come across strongly in the arguments I've seen on Ridecamp, both in
this debate and in others regarding rules being imposed.  I think we all
tend to be a little more used to interference from outside agencies, and
have a tendency to be more accepting of it.   It's just a difference of
approach - Americans tend to fight the imposition of a rule with which they
disagree, we just ignore the fact that it has been imposed

Excellent observation.  And I believe you are very right about this.  
Sometimes I wonder what the rest of the world thinks of us Americans, but
even if I knew, we couldn't, or wouldn't change.  We are what we are, just as
the rest of the world is.  Not necessarily better, just different.  How I
wish all peoples would adhere to the rule of "live and let live."  Why must
anyone try to impose his rules, his beliefs, on everyone else?  And it's been
going on for centuries.....  Very sad.


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