You are bombarded every day with your media telling you that you are “the envy on the world”.
I’ve travelled to almost every Canadian province and spent considerable time in four of them. I hate to burst your bubble but, contrary to your belief that you are “the envy of the world”, no Canadian that I’ve ever met — even in the most conservative parts of Alberta — has ever struck up a conversation with me saying: “You know who I’m really envious of? The USA.” In no conversation I’ve ever had, even in conversations about America, has any Canadian, European, Aussie, Kiwi, Mexican or Asian that I’ve ever met said to me “Jeez, it really sucks that we’re not Americans. I’m so jealous of them.”
I sometimes wonder if it’s just that you don’t realize how ridiculous this claim is. The rest of the world can’t help but notice that no two people can even agree on why America is the envy of the world but that there is a compulsion to recite the refrain every day nevertheless.
The Jacksonville Progress publication yesterday seemed to suggest that America is the envy of the world because of its “people and for the God-given principles of freedom”. (Apparently God only gave freedom to America, therefore the rest of the world is envious).
In a state of the union address, your outgoing President claimed instead that it was America’s economy that was the envy of the world. (Apparently China’s nearly double or triple the US’s GDP growth rate isn’t as economically impressive or envious).
While, on a more ridiculous mindset, this news site seems to suggest that America’s peaceful exchange of power is what makes it the “envy of the world”. (Apparently no other country has yet mastered that whole ‘democracy’ thing the Greeks were talking about 2000 years ago).
So you don’t even know why the world is supposed to be envious, but you just know that they are. Am I the only one who sees how insane that is?
So please, America, take this in the nicest way possible, but if you ever plan on not being seen as a nation of fools (which you are not) and if you ever intend on repairing your image after 8 years of Bush, you absolutely have to stop saying that you are the envy of the world.