How Being American Has Shaped My Worldview

In many parts of the world, Americans are often seen as ethnocentric with a lack of cultural understanding. Maybe they don’t feel the need to become more culturally-aware because they belong to a globally-dominant culture. While the U.S. claims to embrace different cultures, I’m not sure most Americans live up to that, but I want to.

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Call Me Out On My Bias

Like for many people, my emotions have been a roller-coaster over the last few weeks.

I’ve been outraged by the disproportionate number of black Americans dying from covid-19. I’ve been outraged by the murder of George Floyd. I’ve been outraged by people like my own dentist who said, “They shouldn’t go around destroying businesses just because a cop made a mistake.” I’ve been outraged by the callousness and ignorance so deeply embedded in American society.

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I Don’t Want To Go Back To “Normal”

I want to go forward to better. Do you?

Like many of us, I’ve been reflecting more and more on our way of life over the past few months. There’s no two ways about it: we’ve scarred this Earth, time and time again, even at our own expense.

Recently, there’ve been promising signs of change. We’ve been seeing headlines about clearer views of landscapes from lower levels of air pollution and ooh-and-ah-dorable wildlife where it hasn’t been spotted for decades. Sadly, these happenings aren’t due to a shift in society’s values (yet). Rather, they’re the result of undesirable and temporary compromises in our lifestyle. We’ve had a much more passive presence in the natural world but, for real, sustainable change, we need to be active about conservation and preservation.

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Globalization Kind Of Sucks

The year is 2020. Some people call it the Digital Age. Others call it the Internet Era. By any name, our time is one marked by globalization, a process of interaction and integration between various stakeholders worldwide.

Economically-speaking, it has spawned raw materials and investment opportunities on a global scale. Politically, it has altered diplomatic relations with the rise of intergovernmentalism, evidenced by organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization. Seemingly a result of these alliances, the rate of cultural diffusion has never been higher, correlating with rises in global migration and tourism.

Enter me. Among the countless byproducts of globalization is my life. In 1997, I was adopted from Russia by American parents. Especially given my roots, I grew up with a global mindset which later led me to live abroad. To date, I’ve thrived in the globalized world. I’ve reaped its benefits. Yet, I’ve also witnessed its shortcomings.

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