What Country is the Norm?
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Posted 7/2/08
We hear alot about how the people of North America can be ignorant or arrogant about the poorer countries in the world. We also hear that the countries of the G8 are on top based on economics, peace, & other factors while countries like Sierra Leone or Haiti are on the bottom for lack of the above. So this had me thinking, what country would be the norm or the median?

What do u think?
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Posted 7/2/08
Here is what the CIA World Factbook says about the world as a whole. It talks about the average ages, GDP, and several other things you might use to judge as what is the median.
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Posted 7/3/08 , edited 7/3/08

Kanone wrote:

Mars. :B


Lol I second this answer. Way too many uneducated Americans especially when it is on politics or the outside world. The unability to think rational is the death of us and other countries as well.
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Posted 7/3/08
In my opinion,no country or group of countries-for that matter-is/are the norm. But-as you may have suggested 'Chaos'-there are countries,which ,arrogantly regard themselves as the norm based upon their relative economic success or power & etc,etc.Developing countries aspire to become 'developed',which,is-more or less-synonomous w/becoming both rich & modernized.(But,everything is relative.)So, I suppose,that,any rich & modernized nation could serve as a model for a developing nation to aspire to&/or to emulate.But, when we start talking about norms....culture becomes a factor,and,-in my opinion-a developing nation should not have to 'forsake' it's culture in order to become rich & modernized.(Although some degree of cultural modification may be absolutely essential&/or necessary.)
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Posted 7/3/08
You should clarify your terms. When you say "norm", you usually refer to what can be considered the standard. If that's the case, many people will argue that American standards (in terms of quality of life, technology, etc.) would be the norm, or perhaps the standard of which developing nations would like to emulate.

Your other term, median, refers to a statistical midpoint. Unless you're talking about actual figures, such as population, GDP (gross domestic product), and other measures of a country's status, then it's difficult to use the midpoint to any meaningful advantage, since may factors (i.e. geographical, cultural, political) can skew a system of normality that you would otherwise consider in a country.

So in the end, it's very difficult to quantify, or even more so qualify, what it would be to be a country that is considered "normal". If there is such a "normality" that would be placed between the brackets of the rich and poor nations, then I'm afraid such a measure of "normality" is rather unjustified and uninformative. You won't arrive at anything very meaningful, other than the fact that these nations, whatever they may be, are struggling just as much as the underdeveloped nations to attain national development.

So if you want a very crude answer to what country is the "norm", it would most probably be all the first world countries that are being emulated for their economic, sociopolitical, and technological advancement.
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Posted 7/3/08
No country is considered normal!! Every country has problems minor and major and there's nothing anyone can do about it lmao =P.
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Posted 7/3/08

bokuwakowaii wrote:

No country is considered normal!! Every country has problems minor and major and there's nothing anyone can do about it lmao =P.


thats quite right!!...
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no country is normal, we all have our wierd customs, our strange ideals, and of course our sick fucks. no country is immune to haveing these things.
Posted 7/30/08
what is "normal", then?

I don't think we can determine a standard for countries, it's the same thing to determine if somebody is "normal". even if one hasn't got any apparent diseases and things of the sort, each person carries a different story of life, you can't put different things together and say who's the standard.
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Posted 7/30/08
Having a country singly epitomizing the rest of the globe's norm is ridiculous. It is true that a nation and a race might want to emulate these powerful countries, but then again, there are various factors to consider before a country's standard would become a basis for all of us to follow.
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Posted 7/30/08
US tries to impose it's standards on the world, but different countries set the norms in different fields.
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um2456 wrote:




hahaha. you're awesome
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Posted 7/30/08

SimplyBill wrote:

What is your standard for a country to be considered "norm".


The question of the day, it seems.
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um2456 wrote:



BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA.....THAT WAS AWESOME! America, meet your new MASTERS!

That aside, I read a report stating that according to some Global survey Norway is the Happiest country on Earth!
I've always liked the Norwegians...
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