Monday, May 22, 2006

American-born citizens are lazy

Is being an American something you are born with, or is it a lifestyle choice? People who are born American are just too plain lazy to find another nationality and prefer to stay that way because some great-great grandparent got off their ass to look for something better. As for those of us who chose to become Americans, our reasons are different, namely:

1) to get the passport (that's my one);
2) because they are proud to be an American (hmmm, we'll talk about that in a minute);
3) because they want to vote (me too), serve in the forces and sit on a jury (now that is just plain silly).

I read somewhere that something like 80% of Americans don't own a passport. This is because they are small-minded, ignorant and lazy. Going somewhere else would involve maybe, oh I dunno, speaking another language, eating new foods, dealing with things outside their own cosy neighborhood....

The people in category 2) who became citizens because they are 'proud to be American' are not lazy, they are stupid. Pride is the greatest sin of all. It draws borders and makes us behave as if we are tribally segregated from others and our tribe is better. As Albert Einstein once said: "Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind and, on my opinion, is nothing more than an idealistic rationalization for militarism and aggression."

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe.