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    :salams

    The other cultural thread got me thinking of an article I read a while back. I decided to post it to give people who've never been here a taste. This man is not Muslim so some of his opinions are obviously not inline with Islaam; but I found it amazing how some of the things he hates is something Islaam preaches against in the first place!


    Short version - An excerpt which highlights my point:
    14. Always in a hurry. So many things in America are rushed far too much my liking. Fast food is something we have all around the world now (thanks America…) but even in a posh sit-down restaurant your food will usually come out in less than five minutes after ordering! There are also obsessions with get-rich-quick and lose-fat-quick schemes, pills that solve all your problems after a single swallow, people cutting to the chase in casual conversations far too quickly (after the customary empty “How are you? Great!”)

    People don’t seem to have the patience to invest time to slowly improve things, unless it involves some kind of monetary investment.

    Americans are also very punctual, because of course time is money. So many of them could do with stopping to smell the roses, and arriving late because they took their time.

    Despite all the false positivity, I find Americans to be generally the most stressed out and unhappiest people on the planet. Despite all the resources, and all the money they have, they are sadder than people I know who can barely make ends meet in other countries, but still know how to live in the moment.

    This rush to the finish line, to have your book published, or to have a million dollars in your bank account or to get that promotion, and to have that consume your life is something I find really sad.

    15. Obsession with money. I met far too many people who were more interested in their bank balance than their quality of life. People richer than I can possibly imagine, who are depressed. More money seems to be the only way they understand of solving problems. They don’t travel because they think they need tens of thousands of dollars, and they don’t enjoy their day because they may miss out on a business opportunity.




    Long version - The entire list, but not the entire article. Click the link for the entire article: http://www.fluentin3months.com/usa-clashes/
    [....]Sorry if you find this post offensive, but I expect you to because…

    1. Americans are way too sensitive

    Sometimes I wonder if political correctness is in your constitution. I found out very quickly in my first visit that I had to bite my tongue pretty much all the time, and (more annoyingly) that nobody was ever straight with me.

    It seems that speaking your mind to individuals is a major taboo. You can’t tell a friend straight when he has (mess)ed up, nobody will ever tell you that you look fat (oversensitivity with not telling obese people to get their act together is a major contributor in my opinion to why there are so many of them in the states), and there’s way too much euphemism to avoid the hard truth.

    To a certain extent, I can understand it – America generally does a great job of preventing people from singling out ethnic groups and toning down hate speech. But it waters it down far too much at the individual level.

    A lot of Americans I met feel very lonely, and I feel this is a major reason. You may never find a boy/girlfriend if a friend who knows you well and supposedly cares about you, doesn’t tell you the hard facts of what makes you so damn annoying… so that you can change it! Being insulting for the sake of it is needless aggression. But constructive criticism is what friends are for.

    The one time in my entire last three months that someone was straight with me was when my friend Karol Gajda gave me some tips to improve my presentation in future after I gave a TEDx talk, while everyone else was doing nothing but massaging my ego. It was really useful advice but it caught me off guard because I was used to months of…

    2. Everything is “awesome”!

    I really hate the word awesome. It used to mean “that which inspires awe”, but in the states it means nothing! It doesn’t even mean good - it’s just a word – a filler, like “um” or “y’know”.

    This is the stereotypical American cheesy word, and I heard it until my ears started to bleed. Too many over-the-top positive adjectives like this get thrown around so much that they really mean nothing.

    And when you ask someone “How are you?” the answer will inevitably be “great!” even if they are far from it.

    When you start using excessive positivity it waters down the meaning, and those words become neutral. Then what do you do when you need to express true positivity? Of course, when someone says they are “OK, I guess” then you know things are pear shaped! I don’t think “bad” is in America’s vocabulary.

    But nothing beats America’s over-positivity more than this:

    3. Smiles mean NOTHING

    When I meet Americans abroad, one of their biggest complaints are along the lines of “nobody smiles on Prague’s trams!” “That waitress was so rude to me! She didn’t even smile!”

    (Dangit) America – I have the opposite complaint for you. You guys smile way too much. It’s blanking annoying! How can you tell when someone means it? And why the hell would a stranger doing a crossword puzzle on public transport want to look giddy?

    When people smile in Europe it means something. For example, because Germans don’t go around looking like an American toothpaste commercial when I was with them and they smiled, it lit up the room – you know it’s genuine and you can’t help but smile back, because you are genuinely happy. You’ve shared a joke, or a funny story or you are in love etc.

    But all the time? When you smile all the time in public it means nothing. Apparently a smile releases endorphins, but if your face is stuck that way I’m sure your dreams of a natural high will fade soon. I’d rather focus on trying to make my life better and have reasons to smile than lie to myself and the world.

    Despite how surly I sound in this post, because complaining is the theme of the article, the fact that I vent when I mean it, means that when you see me happy you know I’m truly happy. And that is indeed a lot of the time :) But not all of it!

    4. Tipping

    While it’s a perk for most of you, for me it was terribly annoying to be in restaurants and having a waitress interrupt me every 3 minutes asking me if everything is OK. I’d have to feign a smile and thumbs up to make her go away since my mouth was always full. I really don’t see the point – if you’ve given me the wrong order or if I suddenly realise I’m dying from an allergic reaction to your food, you’ll know it long before those 3 minutes are up.

    Eating out is always an annoying experience because of this. In the rest of the world we call the server over when we need something. If this was genuine interest, or if the person was trying to be friendly that would be cool, but that’s not what it’s about. In fact, it’s all down to “subtle” reminders that this person wants you to tip them.

    This drove me crazy – I really think tipping as a means of waitresses and others earning the vast majority of their living is ridiculous. If I have to pay, say 15% anyway, then include it in the bill! It’s not a bloody tip if it’s mandatory!!!

    Once again, one huge complaint I hear in other countries is how rude waitresses are, and Americans claim it’s because they aren’t tipped. Instead of getting tipped they earn a wage like everyone else, and do their job and if they do it bad enough they’ll get fired. But apparently not pestering you every minute and not smiling like you are in a Ms. World competition means you are “rude”.

    I think the basic concept of tipping is nice – if someone does a top-notch job, sure, throw them an extra few cents or a dollar – but I just see it as a complex system of tax evasion for both restaurants and workers in the states. Some people ludicrously suggest that it makes it cheaper that the restaurant doesn’t have to charge more, but you’re paying the difference anyway. What it does contribute to is clear though:

    5. False prices on everything

    Tipping is just the peak of the iceberg.

    It’s all one big marketing scam to make people feel like they are paying less. The price you see on a menu is nothing compared to what you’ll actually pay. Apart from tipping, you have to of course pay taxes.

    Now taxes are things that you simply have to pay on items you purchase – it’s how governments work all around the world. So why hide it from us? It boggles my mind that places refuse to include the tax in prices. The price they state is pretty much useless. It’s just saying “this is how much we get from what you pay, but you’ll actually pay more”.

    I don’t give a flying toss how much YOU get, I want to know how much I have to pay! How much money… do you want me… to hand to you? Do I really have to spell this out?

    The most laughable of all of these is the “dollar store”. We have this thing in Ireland called the €2 shop. You can walk in with a single €2 coin and walk out with something. If you have a single dollar, you will be turned away from a “dollar” store though. It’s a dollar… that they earn not that you pay. Do you follow? The only thing that matters is the business’s perspective.

    Airlines are the worst of all though. While in Europe some airlines are pretty bad with added fees, at least you’ll see them when it’s time to pay. The crazy thing for me flying in the states (since I have check-in luggage) was that I would pay… and then I’d pay again later.

    It’s nothing but a large scale marketing scam. Make the price seem cheaper, which is lying to people. One great way to get people in more debt is to make them feel like they are spending less, but add the rest when it comes time to hand over the cash. This is one big part of….

    6. Cheesy in-your-face marketing

    I feel like scraping out my eyes with toothpicks when I’m forced to endure advertising in America. Make it stop.

    Most Americans aren’t even aware of it – it’s on all the time so much that it becomes nothing more than background noise. And this means that advertisers have to be even louder to get through to people. It’s a vicious circle that drives any non-American not used to it bonkers.

    BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!

    I decided to watch an episode of House one evening on TV. Up until then I had only really seen American shows online with advertising removed or back in Europe with European advertising inserted.

    Holy blank.

    Every few minutes you get torn out of the show and bombarded with irrelevant spam, and “awesome” images of people who practically experience orgasms as soon as they buy product X, that is (of course) on special offer just right now. And if it’s anything medical you get a super fast voice spur every kind of medical complaint you can imagine that his product will create as a side-effect. But at least the cheesy model is still happy, so it’s probably not so important.

    Some of my American blogger friends apply this to the online world and cover their site with flashing or aggressive banners, and a writing style that is psychologically very effective to make a sale, but damn is it annoying. One online pet-peeve of mine is email pop-up sign-up forms, which you can justify with marketing stats, as long as you ignore how much you (tick) off people you don’t “convert”. I’d recommend you install Randy‘s Stoppity plugin for Firefox or Chrome to turn those off.

    And here’s the thing: Americans are marketing geniuses. This can never be disputed. Every time I went to buy just a carton of milk, something about the supermarket that’s different to what I’m used to gravitated me towards some expensive garbage I didn’t need and I almost bought it, or did buy it, feeling very stupid as I walked out.

    If you are in Las Vegas you’ll see how skilled they are at this manipulation by how they design the casinos. No windows, no clocks, impossible to find exits, no way to get where you want to go without walking through slot machines, the slot machines themselves have lots of shiny lights and bouncy music to entice you. You feel like you are being hypnotised. They know exactly what they are doing and have the billions of dollars to prove it.

    But it’s still manipulation, and to those of us not used to the loudness it’s plain cheesy. Every corner of America is plastered with some kind of advertising or sponsorship, and I feel so at peace now that I’ve left. No more random phonecalls on any landline (including hotels I was paying for) with a recorded voice to try to pitch me something and no more spam promotional brochures taking over my physical mailbox.

    7. Wasteful consumerism


    Some of the consumerism is difficult to avoid when you are flooded with advertising, but some of it really is entirely the person’s own fault for being so wasteful.

    The best example I can think of by far is Apple fanboyism. So many Americans waste so much cash to have the latest iteration of Apple’s iPhone, iPad, or Macbook. When you buy one that’s fine – I personally don’t like Apple products (I find the operating system too restrictive), but there are many good arguments for why it could be better. I also like to have a good smartphone and laptop for example, and I’m as much a consumer as you if you happen to have an Apple equivalent.

    The problem is when you replace your iPhone 4 with an iPhone 4S, and do it along with an army of millions of other sheep for no good reason. It’s pointless and wasteful consumerism at its best.

    I actually took advantage of this when I was in Austin this year. I waited until the day the iPad 2 was announced and as I predicted there were 20 new ads per minute on Craigslist in that city alone from desperate fanboys trying to sell their iPad 1. Since my laptop is so big (I consider it a portable desktop), it was worth my while to invest in a tablet and I convinced one idiot to sell me his with a bluetooth keyboard case for $250. (I’ve written a few blog posts on it in cafés so it was worth my investment) He was so desperate to have the latest version that was ever so slightly thinner and faster, and with a camera that makes you look like an idiot when you point your iPad at something, but otherwise basically exactly the same.

    Personally I only replace my smartphone when I break the other one from travel stress or dropping it in an ocean etc. I’m also a consumer though, and will occasionally buy stuff that I don’t need, but replacing something I have for something marginally better for a large price is something I can never understand.

    What makes it worse is that these people sometimes claim to not have much money and Apple products are added to their “necessities” list. The (loudmouth) I bought my iPad from sighed when I told him what I do, and he said that he wished he had the money to travel. I wish he had the common sense to realise that if he stopped wasting his money he’d have plenty left over.

    8. Idiotic American stereotypes of other countries

    Many of us have seen videos online of Americans arsing up basic questions of international geography. I went out of my way to avoid people that stupid – my beef is with the supposedly educated ones.

    Luckily, Americans you meet abroad tend to be much cleverer, but meeting those who haven’t travelled made my head hurt with the amount of facepalms I’d have to do.

    Now, I know there are 300 million of you, but I have had this exact same conversation on both the east and west coast, and in the mid-west and south:

    “Hi, I’m Benny”

    “Awesome! I’m X. Where are you from?”

    “Ireland”

    “Wow! You guys certainly know how to drink!”

    “Actually, I don’t drink”

    “Oh, you’re not really Irish then, are you!”

    Again, and again and again… and again. The same idiotic script – I knew it was coming every time. They demanded to see my passport, said that I’m the only Irish guy they’ve ever met who doesn’t drink (and very stupidly then admitted that I was the ONLY Irish guy they ever met!!) or had visited Ireland and spent all their time in Temple Bar (not even leaving Dublin), confirming that all Irish people are drunkards.

    This is just one of the many idiotic things they would say, which of course annoyed me the most.

    A few others I’ve gotten include:

    How was the boat ride over here? [Surprised that we have airports in Ireland - I must have arrived in rags in New York harbour of course]
    Too many people insisting that Ireland was part of the UK. They actually argued it with me!!
    Did I have to check my car for IRA bombs when I was growing up? (there were so many things wrong with this)
    Surprised that I knew more about technology than they did. Aren’t we all potato farmers in Ireland?

    Whenever someone said anything about Ireland I’d always try to change the subject immediately or they’d quickly find out how blunt I can be.

    Edit: If you think this is hypocritical, I’d argue that this post is NOT filled with stereotypes because it’s based on my actual experience in hanging out with thousands of you. Americans who stereotype us Irish (and other nationalities) have generally never been there, or at best “seen” (not spent time with) a couple of tourists. Stereotyping is based on hearsay and misinformation, and almost always from total lack of contact, or only superficial contact with the people you stereotype.

    I’m not talking about Americans being all loud and war mongers and only eating at McDonald’s and all being stupid etc. (typical American stereotypes), because these just aren’t true for many people. I’m talking about what I’ve actually experienced from normal people in every day situations after an entire year of living and working in America.


    9. Heritage


    Every American you meet is not actually American. They are a fourth Polish, 3/17 Italian, ten other random countries, and then of course half Irish. Since Ireland is more homogenous, it’s hard for me to appreciate this, so honestly I don’t really care if your great grandfather’s dog walker’s best friend’s roommate was Irish. I really don’t.

    The amount of “Oh my gaaawwwd, me too!!” retorts I heard when I said I was Irish is quite silly. I use country adjectives more restrictively than Americans do, so this was quite the pet peeve of mine. I finally learned that “I’m from Ireland” means what I wanted to say to them better than “I’m Irish” does.

    I don’t want to say I don’t respect people’s rich heritage (a nice mixture makes a country more interesting; the melting pot of cultures and skin colours is one reason why Brazil is my favourite country for example), but when people start talking about it as if it were genetics and their Italian part makes them more passionate and their Irish part makes them good drinkers I really do have to roll my eyes.

    Edit: Commenters keep pointing out that it’s a language difference, so “Irish” actually means “Irish American” as I’d understand it. That’s fine, but I’m trying to convey that foreigners find this annoying. There is no right or wrong, but it’s important to realise that rephrasing it or saying “I have Irish/Italian heritage” may be more appropriate if you are talking to someone from that country. This is especially true if speaking other languages.

    10. ID checks & stupid drinking laws

    Not relevant to this forum or to Muslims.


    11. Religious Americans


    Look – I grew up in a religious town in Ireland, went to an all boys Catholic school, and some of my friends in Europe are religious. Even if I’m not religious myself, it’s up to everyone to decide what they believe in. I find religious people in Europe to be NORMAL – it’s a spiritual thing, or something they tend to keep to themselves, and are very modern people with a great balance of religion and modernism.

    But I can’t stand certain Christian affiliations of religious Americans. It’s Jesus(as) this and Jesus(as) that all the bloody time. You really can’t have a normal conversation with them. It’s in your face religion, and they replace hard science with scripture in the classroom. They really need to tone it down.

    12. Corporations win all the time, not small businesses

    While there are many arguments against everything working towards there simply being a bunch of large corporations competing with one another, my biggest problem is in terms of availability.

    When you get your food from Walmart or Wholefoods, and nowhere else, these places grow and will be separated by a reasonable driving distance for greatest scope. But between them? It’s a wasteland.

    I was in downtown Chicago one day and wanted to simply get a bite to eat, but after walking around for an hour the only affordable option I could find was Dunkin Donuts. There are plenty of excellent cheap places to eat in Chicago, but you need to drive to them, or be in a specific part of the city with lots of restaurants. There’s too much competition between the big guys for a large number of little guys to sprinkle themselves conveniently throughout cities.

    If you plonk me in any major city in Europe, I’ll find food in minutes. If you do the same in America, even downtown and presuming it isn’t a specific restaurant district, and don’t give me a cell phone or a car, I could starve to death.

    And this is a major contributor to what I feel is one of the biggest problems in America:

    13. A country designed for cars, not humans

    One of my biggest issues in the states has been how terrible a place it is for pedestrians. It’s the worst place in the entire world to live in if you don’t own a car.

    On previous trips to the states I’ve had it rough – relying on sub-par public transport (which is at least workable in certain major cities, but almost never first world standard in my opinion), or relying on a friend the entire time. You can’t do anything without a car in most cases. With rare exceptions (like San Francisco), all shops, affordable restaurants, supermarkets, electronics etc. are miles away. You rarely have corner shops (and if you do they are way more expensive than supermarkets).

    I find it laughable that Austin is rated as among the most “walkable” cities in the states. Living just outside the centre, but within walking distance, meant that I had a stretch of my path with no pavement, and a little further out I had to walk on grass to get to a bus stop.

    What struck me as the most eerie thing of all is that I felt very much alone when walking in any American city. In many cases I’d be the only pedestrian in the entire block, even if it was in the middle of the week downtown! The country is really designed to get in your car, drive to your destination and get out there. No walk-abouts.

    Going for a walk to find food serendipitously (as I would in any European city) was a terrible idea every time without checking Yelp.com in advance.

    For this last trip, I did actually rent a car for most of my stay (I didn’t even have a driving license before this trip, which most Americans find hard to grasp), and everything was so much more convenient, but I really did feel like I was only ever using my feet to work the gas pedal, and I will not miss it at all.

    14. Always in a hurry

    So many things in America are rushed far too much my liking. Fast food is something we have all around the world now (thanks America…) but even in a posh sit-down restaurant your food will usually come out in less than five minutes after ordering! There are also obsessions with get-rich-quick and lose-fat-quick schemes, pills that solve all your problems after a single swallow, people cutting to the chase in casual conversations far too quickly (after the customary empty “How are you? Great!”)

    People don’t seem to have the patience to invest time to slowly improve things, unless it involves some kind of monetary investment.

    Americans are also very punctual, because of course time is money. So many of them could do with stopping to smell the roses, and arriving late because they took their time.

    Despite all the false positivity, I find Americans to be generally the most stressed out and unhappiest people on the planet. Despite all the resources, and all the money they have, they are sadder than people I know who can barely make ends meet in other countries, but still know how to live in the moment.

    This rush to the finish line, to have your book published, or to have a million dollars in your bank account or to get that promotion, and to have that consume your life is something I find really sad.

    15. Obsession with money

    I met far too many people who were more interested in their bank balance than their quality of life. People richer than I can possibly imagine, who are depressed. More money seems to be the only way they understand of solving problems. They don’t travel because they think they need tens of thousands of dollars, and they don’t enjoy their day because they may miss out on a business opportunity.

    16. Unhealthy portions

    Apart from people not being frank with those who are overweight, the biggest problem is that portions in restaurants are grossly overgenerous. Any time I ordered even a small portion I’d be totally full. Small means something completely different to me than it does to Americans. If you sit down in most places and order anything but an appetiser or a salad, you will eat more than you should.

    I was brought up being reminded of starving children in Africa, so I feel guilty if I don’t clear my plate. This has been disastrous over the last few months and I’ve put on weight because of it! I should have asked for a “doggy bag” nearly all the time.

    I’ve learned to stop ordering a soda entirely, because when places give you free refills, I feel like I should drink more… it’s free after all! Ugh.

    17. Thinking America is the best

    Finally, one thing I find annoying is the warped view of America’s situation in the world.

    Americans ask me all the time if I’m scared to be travelling in South America. I found it way scarier to walk around certain parts of downtown San Francisco or Chicago at night than I did even in downtown Recife (apparently one of the most dangerous cities in South America) – because at least there are people there. And I find it pretty scary to be in a country where pretty much anyone can legally buy a revolver.

    I also keep hearing about America being the land of the free – it certainly was… 200 years ago. Most of western Europe is as free or more free, with opportunities for people at all levels. America is indeed a better place with a higher standard of living than most of the world, but free speech and tolerance for all is the norm in the western world as a rule, not just in America.

    There is no best country. But those who go on about how America is number one, tend to be those who have never travelled or lightly travelled.

    How about saying America is great or “awesome”? I think patriotism is an excellent quality to have, and we should all be proud of where we were born. But nationalism (believing other countries are inferior) is a terrible quality.

    *naughty words have been changed to protect the children on the forum who probably shouldn't be reading this anyway.
    Last edited by |Sister|; 17-03-14, 06:39 AM.

  • |Sister|
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Sheikh_Google View Post
    Alcohol is a Arabic based term?
    Ultimately the word is from the Arabic كحل (al-kuḥl, "kohl, a powder used as an eyeliner"). Al- is the Arabic definitive article, equivalent to the in English; alcohol was originally used for the very fine powder produced by the sublimation of the natural mineral stibnite to form antimony sulfide Sb2S3 (hence the essence or "spirit" of the substance), which was used as an antiseptic, eyeliner, and cosmetic (see kohl (cosmetics)).

    The current Arabic name for alcohol (ethanol) is الغول al-ġawl – properly meaning "spirit" or "demon" – with the sense "the thing that gives the wine its headiness" (in the Qur'an sura 37 verse 47).[30]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcohol

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  • Sheikh_Google
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Alcohol is a Arabic based term?

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  • |Sister|
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Fliz View Post
    are you a boy or a girl? Your name is sister and you went to an all boys school?

    They call me sherlock holmes.
    I didn't write this article

    Originally posted by Hassan-Ali View Post
    This is an interesting article, really humorous but also true. I went to the Olympics 2012, had encountered across an American tourist whom happened to be precheing about Christianity within the stadium. Haha. I think you'd find your average American in Texas.

    Read this article today.

    Texas attack 'Muslim weather'

    http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw_efhgBo
    rofl "try saying it a few times, it’s fun!" :rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl::rotfl:

    Originally posted by Heart_ View Post
    We LOOK busy all day but its not really the case. Also yes I'm not ashamed to always be in a hurry. :) i don't need 3 months vacation like in Europe .
    OH I do

    Originally posted by Heart_ View Post
    Don't you DARE. take tue name of Texas in vain
    Yeehaw

    I was actually thinking of moving there because the pet laws in cali are ridiculous. I can't even own a parrot without a license :(

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  • Bint_Hajj
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Heart_ View Post
    Don't you DARE. take tue name of Texas in vain
    Oh no!
    They've found me!

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  • Heart_
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Bint_Hajj View Post
    No. Texas is like its own country.
    You can even ask any Texan.
    They're ridiculously proud to be from Texas and separate themselves(and find themselves superior) to the rest of the U.S.

    (if there are any native Texans here, they're gonna be coming after me )
    Don't you DARE. take tue name of Texas in vain

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  • Heart_
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    We LOOK busy all day but its not really the case. Also yes I'm not ashamed to always be in a hurry. :) i don't need 3 months vacation like in Europe .

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  • Bint_Hajj
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Hassan-Ali View Post
    This is an interesting article, really humorous but also true. I went to the Olympics 2012, had encountered across an American tourist whom happened to be precheing about Christianity within the stadium. Haha. I think you'd find your average American in Texas.

    Read this article today.

    Texas attack 'Muslim weather'

    http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw_efhgBo
    No. Texas is like its own country.
    You can even ask any Texan.
    They're ridiculously proud to be from Texas and separate themselves(and find themselves superior) to the rest of the U.S.

    (if there are any native Texans here, they're gonna be coming after me )

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  • Bint_Hajj
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by |Sister| View Post

    That was his point though. We are so obsessed with jobs and money we never have time to stop and actually live. I agree with that part of the article which is why I posted it. (but I thought the other stuff was really funny so I posted it too lol)
    Oh yes, I agree with that sister. I was just saying that a lot of it the obsession with jobs and money is more situational than personal(if that makes sense). Most people I know are just trying to get by no matter how much they make. And it takes up so much of your life and energy that I guess to others it can seem like an obsession, when really I think most are just trying to see how others are surviving and if there's a better way.

    Originally posted by Fliz View Post
    are you a boy or a girl? Your name is sister and you went to an all boys school?

    They call me sherlock holmes.
    Forgive me for butting in, but the sister was quoting an article. The writer is male, went to catholic school, and doesn't like showing ID to drink. lol

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  • Hassan-Ali
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    This is an interesting article, really humorous but also true. I went to the Olympics 2012, had encountered across an American tourist whom happened to be precheing about Christianity within the stadium. Haha. I think you'd find your average American in Texas.

    Read this article today.

    Texas attack 'Muslim weather'

    http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIw_efhgBo

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  • Fliz
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    Originally posted by |Sister| View Post
    :rotfl:

    11. Religious Americans

    Look – I grew up in a religious town in Ireland, went to an all boys Catholic school, and some of my friends in Europe are religious.
    are you a boy or a girl? Your name is sister and you went to an all boys school?

    They call me sherlock holmes.

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  • |Sister|
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Bint_Hajj View Post
    Lol! That whole article was funny, but the below are my favorite parts(as a Muslim & American):



    Says the guy who complains about people smiling at him and not meaning it. lol




    Who complains about people smiling at you? As a Muslim it's sunnah, so I see no problems. But I can tell you if tourists weren't being smiled at, then they'd complain that Americans are so mean and miserable. Oh wait, he did say we/they are miserable... So which is it?



    The above is by far, the best. Simply because in spite of his declaration of the opposite, yes he is doing the exact same thing.




    Seeing as how most Americans do have heritage outside of this country and the only true Americans are Native Americans, then how else should we/they answer? There's also a difference because on every form you fill out here there is declaration of race, not just nationality. So it's not enough to say that you're American. They want to know if you're white, European, Latin descent, African descent, Asian descent, etc. From what I understand this is directly related to the slave trade history of this country where people were considered slaves even if only 1 great grandparent were black/slave.



    Again for this writer: pot, meet kettle. Most people have the same view of their country and say the same. But I can honestly say I know more Americans who dislike their country(in particular the government here) than any other nationality.
    :rotfl:

    :jkk: I needed to laugh lol


    But I definitely agree that we are all always in a hurry. But our schools and work don't take kindly to tardiness. If you're late you can be docked pay, repeatedly late and you'll lose your job. As a student if you're late you can get detention, repeatedly late and you'll be suspended and/or left back. Americans also tend to have longer work hours and less vacation time than others do. So yes, you hurry to get to your job - no time to stop and smell the roses. Then when you're not working you usually have a lot of household errands to run besides actually trying to find the time to do something nice that you might like. But I can imagine it would be a difficult adjustment for someone who is used to being able to take all the time you want.

    I also agree on there being a lot of people here on medication. Given the stressful work and school situations combined with less than ideal family structures and many not having any deen, of course they're depressed. But that is where being Muslim gives all the benefit because we don't have the exact same outlook as those with no thoughts of the hereafter. :up:
    That was his point though. We are so obsessed with jobs and money we never have time to stop and actually live. I agree with that part of the article which is why I posted it. (but I thought the other stuff was really funny so I posted it too lol)


    Originally posted by Vishnu View Post
    Not just Americans, everywhere around the world increasing cost of living made it tough to live for millions.

    The situation it seems is only going to get worse as there is going to be more people added year on year, depending on the same resources

    Read this article from today

    Looks like we are leaving a tough and bleak future for our children
    That is depressing

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  • Vishnu
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Not just Americans, everywhere around the world increasing cost of living made it tough to live for millions.

    The situation it seems is only going to get worse as there is going to be more people added year on year, depending on the same resources

    Read this article from today

    Looks like we are leaving a tough and bleak future for our children

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  • ibzy
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    Originally posted by Zahira13 View Post
    Originally posted by samin62 View Post
    no, they will prolly eat it

    then we have nothing
    I never knew Canadians were this funny @)
    Canadians are the weirdest bunch. Of ppl you'll ever meet

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  • samin62
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    Re: " I find Americans to be the most stressed-out & unhappiest people on the Planet"

    Originally posted by Zahira13 View Post
    I never knew Canadians were this funny @)
    its the weather

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