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Cheering indeed: from Ramana via Jim Belshaw

03 Oct

I think I will let the graphic speak for itself, but it is relevant to my ongoing thoughts arising from reading Mark Davis.

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See Saturday Morning Musings – Australia ranks first in national pride. Ramana in India gave Jim the heads up.

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Posted by on October 3, 2009 in Australia, Australia and Australian, Jim Belshaw

 

5 responses to “Cheering indeed: from Ramana via Jim Belshaw

  1. Kevin

    October 4, 2009 at 10:00 am

    Grats on being numero uno! You guys beat us on per-capita carbon usage too, but I’m contesting that one. I think we can whoop you if we work at it. Just a couple of notches on the A/C, according to my calculations.

    Neil, we have Hollywood types, Michael Moore socialist types and back-to-the-stone-age environmentalist types here in America who hate our country. Also the ‘gimme stuff for free’ crowd is not a fan of America as it is. I’m guessing that they are the ~22% of Americans that don’t like America. What I’m wondering is, why doesn’t Australia have the same percentage? We’re basically the same country with a different accent, but you seem to have less hippies. Why?

    It’s not fair.

     
  2. Jim Belshaw

    October 5, 2009 at 8:46 am

    Kevin wrote:

    “What I’m wondering is, why doesn’t Australia have the same percentage? We’re basically the same country with a different accent, but you seem to have less hippies. Why?”

    One issue Kevin is that Oz and the US are not in fact the same countries. There are significant and historical cultural differences that affect attitudes in all sorts of ways. I suspect our (Australia’s) hippies would vote in just the same way. Dear that word takes me back!

    In some ways, I think, Australia is a simpler (and younger) country than the US. We simply haven’t had to deal with your issues and problems. I have great admiration for the US, even though I find some US attitudes (and systems) quite alien. Despite sometimes internal failings that make me shudder, the US has dealt with many problems and issues in ways that were I a US citizen would make me quite proud.

    Perhaps I should write a post on this sometime. I think that Australia could learn from your experience.

     
  3. Kevin

    October 5, 2009 at 11:14 am

    Thanks for the info Jim. I’d love to read your post on the differences between the American people and the Australian people as well as the differences between the American government and the Australian government, should you write it.

    Because all of the Aussies that I’ve met seem to be just like Americans to me in terms of culture. Not so with Europeans and Asians. Or New Zealanders, strangely enough! I’m not badmouthing them. They just have a different culture. I’d enjoy reading the about the differences that you see between Americans and Australians.

    For the record, I LOVE Australia, and not only because it produced perhaps the greatest man to ever live on the planet, John Howard. But that’s a big part of it. I also like those giant beer cans you guys make. 😉

     
  4. Jim Belshaw

    October 5, 2009 at 3:01 pm

    To like big beer cans is indeed to be Australian! I will try to write something in the next week or so, Kevin.

     
  5. Kevin

    October 6, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    More good news for Australia!

     

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