The guy sounds a bit like an arrogant prick, but I do agree with some of his points.
#1 and 2 – Actually, I’ve found a lot people excited to talk to me because I am American. That said, a lot of people around the world aren’t pleased with our country, and therefore may no be pleased with its people, but I would agree most don’t care as much.
#3 – Totally true. I find that Americans are so freaking ignorant of other places, whereas all of my English friends know tons about the US. My FI is so annoyed that everyone assumes he’s from London because after all, that’s all there is in England.
#4 – Somewhat true, but it is regional. Less affectionate in a place like NYC, but a small town? Definitely more friendly.
#5 – Compared to the rest of the world, our life actually is really stinkin’ great. We don’t have that many people starving to death, whereas in some parts of the world, that is the norm. But no, we’re not the supreme beings of the world.
#6 – True to a degree, for sure. People imagine all of Africa as being poverty-striken with people living in tin huts, and that isn’t true at all.
#7 – Yep, I’m paranoid at least a little bit!
#8 – I’m pretty sure everyone knows this.
#9 – Everyone knows we’re a fat nation and healthcare is EXPENSIVE. No secret.
#10 – I agree that our cultures tries to accumulate more “stuff” rather than experiences. But I don’t think the author should bash people for not vacationing like him and getting down and dirty. Some people want to relax and be lazy, and that’s awesome. He needs to get over his “holier than thou” attitude.
And there you have all my thoughts. I apologize for the novel. I did not expect that! haha.