America. The USA. The land of the free, and the home of the brave. The country of opportunity where the streets are paved with gold and all your dreams come true. These are just a few of the things people think of when they think about the United States. One thing is for sure; it ain’t all sunshine and rainbows!
The version of America we see in movies and on TV isn’t always the true nation. Whether good or bad, it often pays to dig deeper. We need to consider what it is that makes America the nation it is. There’s no doubting her place in the world as a premiere superpower and the country that the rest of the world often relies on. But, what are the elements that make up the America we know and love (or hate)?
When you first think of America, the one thing you probably consider is how wealthy it is. As a nation with a GDP of over $18 trillion it’s not hard to see why. America is viewed as the country of opportunity for anyone. A place where anyone can go and make something of themselves. Indeed, it helps to know a little about the monetary history of the USA. The best way to do this is to research the new types of dollar bills and read about the Wall Street Crash. These are all things that will help you
Another thing most people think of when the USA is mentioned are the problems with obesity. This is because America is a nation of food lovers. But there’s nothing wrong with this. The French are a nation of food lovers and the Brits too. So, why are there so many problems with obesity in America? Well, it could be the portion sizes, the larger population numbers, or any number of reasons. But, on a more positive note, the USA really offers fantastic options for cuisine of all kinds. Food is undoubtedly another of the pillars that make this great country what it is.
It’s pretty clear that that we live in a culture of celebrity these days. Why are we Americans obsessed with the lives and loves of people we’ve never met? What is it about celebrity culture that is so appealing to those who aren’t in it? Whatever the reason, it’s undeniable that the culture of celebrity is a huge part of American culture. Think about how successful actors and musicians become. How many chat shows there are out there, and reality series’ to glamourize the lifestyles of the rich and famous.
So what is the fourth pillar? Well, it’s pretty obvious isn’t it?! Sport! Think about the number of hugely popular sports we have in the US. Of course, we all know about the Super Bowl. But, there is also MLB, the NFL, and the NBA. All of these are hugely popular leagues and sports all across the globe. You have to take into account the fact that sports play such a major role in American culture.
As you can gauge from this post, there are a lot of other things that make up America. But, if we were to talk about the four pillars of the USA there’s a good bet these four would top the list. They give an interesting and important insight into the USA and its place in the world.