America, did you know there are other countries in the Americas—yes other countries in addition to the United States of America. Hold onto your socks, cheerleader types. The Americas includes North America and South America according to those maps that hung in 1950s elementary schools. And if you really want to get irritated, notice that North America not only includes Canada ("Well, that's okay because they speak English". Psst, they speak French too--holy merde!). But Mexico too ("No!!! Why they don't even speak English!")
Among the world's countries America is truly an immature, young country. Rather like many an adolescent, Americans are full of piss and vinegar—which the world calls our weapons of mass destruction. America spends so much on the military, that the American military spending is higher than adding up the next 17 highest countries.
America is so very sure of itself that we have a word for our self-centered focus, American Exceptionalism. "Oh the cleverness of me!" as Peter Pan crowed, but at least Peter Pan was just an imaginary self-centered boy who could fly without adding to the global climate problem.
Whether injecting the Planet Earth with poisons or playing with nukes—Americans say we will do what we want. For like the teenagers Americans are, we believe we are immortal. How can the world rein in this unruly brat, ah kid?
So America boasts of our power on the world stage, while the mature Europeans lift an eyebrow knowingly in jaded amusement. America is such a child; whereas Europeans have seen it all for millennia. Unfortunately even a child can push the wrong button and end it all.
America greedily gobbles up nonrenewable resources, crashing our shared Planet Earth into possible environmental oblivion. Nevertheless Americans will be found to tackily cheer "USA, USA!" Meanwhile the grown-up countries of the world fret about the future as Mother Nature runs a low-grade temperature and lashes out with wild weather swings.
American exceptionalism is real when it comes to premature births to a recent report. America does worse than any Western European country. Worse. So while you cheer "We're NO. ONE in PREMATURE births" for a so-called First World country, consider Mississippi. No. ONE state in the 50-nifty US states, in infant mortality rates. Worse than several African countries. How exceptional is that? Proud little Ecuador has one of the lowest rates. Better than Japan and Sweden.
So my plea—and this is an American whose earliest ancestor came here before 1700--is for America to take a Time Out. We need to sit on the Naughty Step and think about what we are doing to ourselves and our world. For at the end of the day I hate to break it to you, but we are all equal to the worms in the cemetery