Is America an Nation with no culture? Is it a benefit, or does it have the potential to further create divisions in the country?
Can a Nation without a common culture survive? Can it come together as a people?
I think a Nation without a common culture can survive, but with great strife.
But you have a culture.
You have Jazz and Rock and Roll and television and Hollywood.
You might not have common traditions and a unifying religion but you seem to be able to substitute a lot of flag waving and militarism for it so basically that also seems to work to build a coherent nation.
I think that if you compare European culture with American culture you run in to the problem that Europe’s culture is sort of a best of of centuries work whereas you stand right in your culture of today and notice that a lot of it is garbage (Springer, O Reilly, Olberman and so on). That comparison is unfair though.
The real strength of the American culture though is more Roman than Greek. You build things that work. Like Microsoft and McDonalds and Boeing.
Ironic that the guy who’s not from here gets it.
I think “American culture” is built off of two things- ingenuity and a sense of humor.
I thought it was really exemplified in the movie “The Battle of the Bulge” when right before the Germans attack, they show the building the Americans are sleeping in that they took from the Germans; above the door, you see a sign that says, “Under New Management.”
That, to me, is American culture. And it’s far from lacking.