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Sense quo vadis?

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Submitted by Grizelda (Germany), Sep 15, 2008 at 15:58

Something makes me shiver when I read this opinion. Such unreasonable things just fall into the pattern of the "typical american" as many european see them. "It's genetic heritage emptied of most of the characteristics of decency, hard work, patriotism, ambition, initiative, capitalism and generosity" Which of these things CAN be inherited through the genes? Which are things to learn from the society you grow up in? Answer it for yourself. Moral - as I interpret your opinion, you indicate "utter amorality" throughout europe - funny thing, as many of the europeans see it exactly like that, only the other way round ;)

Its true, germany's leading scientists in WWII times either wandered off, got killed or were "invited" to Ally countries. The war did throw Europe economically back some decades. What's to say for the murdering and slaying? It is part of our history an we won't forget it for many many years to come - we've learned our lesson - but we grow tired of accusations that we are still the same. We don't say to any old-world-decendant american: "Hey, we've slaughterd many people for ethnic and economical reasons - so did you - we're even." No contradiction - even if it was in colonial times, the american indians were slaughtered - and a general custer just deserved his fate - and is seen by many europeans as a typical american as well.

As I said - the Germans have learned from their failiures, as have the other europeans. Maybe we seem amoral, because our society is growing more and more atheistic/rational/scientific - another cause for disturbance across the north atlantic. "A graveyard is no lunapark" (Erich Kästner) So long and thanks for all the corn ;)

Grizelda (Germany/Hessen)

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