Americans Break Down The Things They Appreciate Most About The U.S.

Americans Break Down The Things They Appreciate Most About The U.S.
Photo by Mick Haupt on Unsplash

Let's put this up front: the United States of America is not the greatest country in the world.

It's just a fact. We're not tops in the world in education, our maternity leave for new mothers pales in comparison to most European countries, which is to say nothing of our healthcare as a whole, and our average income per household?

8th. Last we checked, that's not 1st.

It's not all doom and gloom though. There are still a lot of things to love about the good ol' U. S. of A. And if you love something, you fight for it, to make it better, and truly try to achieve the ranking of "best."


Reddit user, kake92, wanted to know what the U.S.A. actually gets right when they asked:

"Americans, what thing do you appreciate the most about America (USA)?"

Not everything that makes the U.S.A. great is honorable or noble.

Sometimes, it's just funny.

Too Much, Then Dial It Back

"Drink refills at restaurants."

MisterMorgan1206

"You get ice! And you get ice! And you get ice!"

PrisonerV

"yes, and most of the time way too much! Europeans complain that we are obsessed with ice. This might appear to be true, but im more comfortable asking for less ice in the US than for ice at all in Europe."

MisterMorgan1206

I May Not Agree With What You're Doing, But...

"we can have all sorts of outlets that mock people in positions of authority and dont get sent to labor camps or prison"

"hell we can burn our own flag"

"pretty gud I think"

King-Grey

"I think people who burn our flag are sh-theads, but I'll defend their right to do so to the death, and that's a fact. I don't always love what I hear from "free speech" but I love that it's free. For now, anyhow.."

LittleArkansas

You know what we have a lot here? Land!

There's a lot of land and a lot of land to see, so why not take a trip this summer and get lost in the wilderness of your imagination.

This is starting to sound like a travel ad.

The Most Gorgeous Vacation You Haven't Taken

"National Parks"

Ezzy17

"Sounds braggy, but I work for the National Park Service and it's the best job I've ever had in my career. I don't think I ever want to leave. Plus, paid trips to all the parks and getting to see things "off the beaten path" that normal visitors just can't get to. I love it and I love our parks."

clyde2003

Not As Crowded As You Might Think

"Wide open spaces can still be found here. I don't like most people, and I frequently need to get away from them."

salthecrawfish

"I grew up in rural Idaho and the wide open spaces are truly amazing. I live in the city now, but still look for any opportunity to get away. My wife is from back east and she thought she knew what the "middle of nowhere" was like until I took her to my grandparent's ranch. The nearest neighbor is five miles away. The nearest "town" is 30 miles away. She didn't realize how much nothing there was in the Western-half of the US."

clyde2003

And We've Got The Disaster Movies To Prove It!

"We've got all the weather. You want hot and humid? We have it! You want frigid? We have it! You want all the weather within 24 hours? We definitely have it!"

"Tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes (not weather, I know), lightning? We've got it all!"

CitizenCobalt

Location, Location, Location

"This is going to sound really dark but with all the talk of war recently…especially with the Russian invasion of Ukraine, I appreciate how far we are from all the other major powers."

"Yes, they can always send missiles but any land invasion is very difficult to achieve. China and Russia would have to put in major effort if they were going to try to invade America….."

OSUfirebird18

Maybe we're not the "greatest country in the world," but we should all be doing everything we can, every day, to make that come true.

Go Do What You Want

"Answering this as a serial expat that has spent at this point 25% of my life overseas and has lived in multiple countries."

"Few places on Earth embrace the "go do what you want" mentality like America. You want to be a wiccan priestess that lives in a yurt in the Cascade mountains? You want to be a rancher in Utah?"

"You want to live your dream of opening a cupcake store for pets? No matter what you do there is a community of people cheering you on in America and that is a very rare and very cool thing."

RootlessNumbers

Mostly, We're Alright

"I have lived in lots of other countries, but I am from the US. I have a few things to point out."

"The roads are generally nice. Smooth, without huge potholes. I am generally talking about the highways."

"Cleanliness. I have been to places with mountains of trash 6 feet high. Another related thing is that the US has very few stray dogs, and that keeps things overall cleaner."

"The last thing is kind of hard to explain, but I would say the sense of order. Everything is structured, and I kinda like it. The places I have lived, people are just not raised with the mindset that everything should be standardized."

"It really grinds my gears when people talk about how bad the U.S. is. It does have its problems. So does every country. When people go on and on about how bad the US is, I try to put it in to perspective how much worse it can be. My house almost got burned down because the government removed the gas subsidies (which after having them for 2 decades, were bankrupting the government) and people were afraid that the transportation system would shut down. I doubt many people who complain about the US have experienced that."

Mawd14

We're Trying To Get Better, A Little, Every Day

"Having lived outside of the US, I have some perspectives that differ from the norm."

"I’m gonna say some stuff that is gonna make Americans and foreigners alike scratch their heads but I’m hoping some people will know what I’m talking about."

"I truly and wholeheartedly believe that America is the least xenophobic place on the planet."

"I think that xenophobia is so deeply ingrained and normalized the world over that people genuinely do not recognize it in themselves. People will engage in the most hateful xenophobic behavior that I’ve ever seen and then say with a straight face that they are afraid of moving to America because of xenophobia."

"I think that people think America is xenophobic because America’s xenophobia is highlighted, fought, and condemned in ways that no other nation’s is."

"This is because of the second thing that I love about America."

"America is the most diverse nation in the world."

"More than half of our population is people of color, and those people of color are made up of American Black people, North Africans, Sub-Saharan Africans, Native tribes, East Asians, south Asians, central Asians, Latin Americans, Pacific Islanders, Indians, Arabs, and more."

"Every single world diaspora has a politically significant population in America, most of whom are also American citizens who participate in our democracy and our national conversation."

"No other nation in the world comes even close. France and England also have diaspora but not like America does."

"This diversity has created an environment in which that xenophobia which does exist is magnified in its relevance because it actively effects people; a xenophobic American has much more opportunity to cause harm because of their xenophobia than a xenophobic Chinese person."

"But also, this means that America is the epicenter of the movements against xenophobia, and we are the only nation in the world who is engaged in a national conversation about it."

"I’d argue that America is not more xenophobic and thus more backwards than the rest of the world, I’d argue that America has advanced to the stage in attacking our xenophobia that the rest of the world isn’t even close to doing yet."

Brandywine5

We many not get everything right, but it doesn't mean it's not worth living here, fighting for here, and always doing our best to make sure the mistakes get corrected.

What's something you like about living in the United States? Tell us about it in the comments!

The Best Reasons Why You Shouldn't Argue With An Idiot

Reddit user Blaztwin asked: 'Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." What's your best real life example of this?'

We've all found ourselves in a position where we simply couldn't contain ourselves and found ourselves putting someone in their place owing to something they said which was either wrong or just plain stupid.

When it comes to the latter category, though, it's often worth taking a minute to wonder if fighting that particular battle is even worth it.

As many people who are about to shoot down their current conversation partner might take a minute and really examine the person they're talking with before remembering the old saying: "Never argue with an idiot. They will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."

Sadly, some people remember this conversation too late, and find themselves falling down a conversational rabbit hole from which they may never escape.

Keep reading...Show less

Rather than resorting to simple name-calling, many people will rack their brains for a clever insult that leaves their adversary speechless.

Of course, there are some fairly common insults that everyone knows and can keep in their back pocket when needed, also guaranteed to leave their conversation partner speechless as well.

Sometimes, however, they are not left speechless because they can't find a clever comeback to the insult just thrown at them, but rather because they have no idea what was just said to them.

Owing to the fact that this particular insult might be commonplace in another country, but makes no sense elsewhere, with it's meaning garbled, if there was any meaning left at all.

Keep reading...Show less
three women sitting beside table
Photo by Tim Gouw on Unsplash

A natural part of work is the possibility of losing your job.

Sometimes, it's because the company is downsizing and needed to eliminate your position.

Other times, the company is losing money and needs to make lay offs.

And sometimes, the company specifically doesn't want you anymore, and they fire you.

Getting fired is always a big experience (though usually not a good one), but in some cases, the experience is more memorable. Reddit users have stories like that and are eager to share.

Keep reading...Show less

We all... could be a Dateline NBC villain.

Life pushes us.

Of course, there are also times when accidents happen and we prove life is fragile.

One never knows what actions they will one day be responsible for.

More deep breaths should be taken.

Keep reading...Show less