Posts Tagged With: thinking

This Is Our Reality

While I work on a post that requires a hell of a lot of research, I ask you to be patient, just like you have been patient for most of this year because of my health issues. But here’s a quicky to keep you going.

via The surprising number of American adults who think chocolate milk comes from brown cows – The Washington Post

7% of all American adults (that’s 16.4 million) people believe that chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

How is this surprising to absolutely ANYONE who has a couple brain cells to rub together?

We have the person who called in to the KanKakee Daily Journal’s Speakout line (seen to the right) who may or may not have been a joke.  Sadly, I have met SOME people who do actually believe that the meat in the grocery stores are in no way related to actual living animals.

Then we have Donna, “the Deer Lady,”. The audio clip from Y94 Playhouse Fargo, ND radio station states that the “Deer Crossing signs” should be moved to lower traffic areas so the deer know to avoid the higher traffic areas.  Now, there is a follow-up phone call in which she admits to not knowing that the signs for people not deer. But she also claims to have been raised in a small, rural North Dakota town.

I didn’t know a lot about rural towns before moving to one, but I can tell you that there is NO person of driving age in this town that doesn’t know road signs are for PEOPLE. It takes a special kind of stupid to grow up in a rural town and not have a good basis in the facts of living in an area where you are likely to have to deal with wild animals when driving. Not counting the 2 deer or the one raccoon I’ve hit in the last 25 years of visiting my sister up here, I have also almost had an accident by a coyote crossing the rural highway (with no signs about it — but I know damned well deer are not the only animal to cross roads and I’ve primarily lived in urban spaces).

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Cultural Differences in Thought

I’m fairly sure, in the depths of socio-cultural academia, that any number of people have made entire careers based on the differences in the culture of the U.S. as opposed to any number of different countries in the world, particularly the European countries.

But, two different things came together tonite to give me a realization that there are truly unique to the United States.  They may be true of some of the other countries in the world whose borders enclose more than 3 million square miles. The use encompasses 3.797 million mi2, while Russia encompasses 6.602 million mi2 and China 3.705 million mi2.

Russia has similar cultural opinions about their country as we Americans do. Many Russians — in general — are highly individualistic, somewhat strongly insular and in some ways just as fanatically loyal to their government as Americans — in general — can be.

So, what was this realization?

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