We’ve been back in the U.S. for a little more than five months. During those five months we have experienced a many reinculturation events such as walking into Panera Bread and seeing the copious amounts of bread; or downloading media via the internet at blazing speeds; or enjoying “real” peanut butter at a cost that won’t leave you missing an arm and both legs.
Now, I moved on past the reincultration stage into the “You know you live in a prosperous country when…” stage. I’m sure I could get ridiculous with this statement filling pages and pages with them, but I’ll leave that to you in the comment section. (And do be kind and leave a comment.)
The two that I thought of recently go something like this: You know you live in a prosperous country when you marvel at F-16 fighter jets flying over you instead of running for cover. Marveling and running for cover are two vastly different feelings!
Secondly, you know you live in a prosperous country when you sit by a fire for pleasure such as roasting marshmallows rather than using a fire for cooking. Americans do use a fire for cooking from time to time, but it is by choice. Choice and necessity make a world of difference.
How would you add to this statement: “You know you live in a prosperous country when…”