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Alright, so recently I've been thinking about what's important in order for a country to function properly and prosper. I've been living in the US for a few years now, (8 to be exact) and I've noticed that this country really seems to lack a sense of social unity. Like being able to agree on one thing for the better of the nation and human rights. The United States is also very diverse having almost every ethnicity you can think of, but my question to you is this. Do you think that countries who have a generally solid ethnicity, say mostly a country that is mostly populated by its indigenous people, are better off socially and economically than having such a diverse demographic that there's so many ideas so one can agree on one thing?
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muchtoodorkly wrote:

Alright, so recently I've been thinking about what's important in order for a country to function properly and prosper. I've been living in the US for a few years now, (8 to be exact) and I've noticed that this country really seems to lack a sense of social unity. Like being able to agree on one thing for the better of the nation and human rights.



Social unity isn't everyone having the same opinion.

Due to the fact that there isn't much universal right or wrong, apart from the obvious such as unjustifiable murder and stealing from someone who is either worse off or has worked hard for their money etc, it's very rare that someone's opinion on important moral issues is actually "correct."
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muchtoodorkly wrote:

Alright, so recently I've been thinking about what's important in order for a country to function properly and prosper. I've been living in the US for a few years now, (8 to be exact) and I've noticed that this country really seems to lack a sense of social unity. Like being able to agree on one thing for the better of the nation and human rights. The United States is also very diverse having almost every ethnicity you can think of, but my question to you is this. Do you think that countries who have a generally solid ethnicity, say mostly a country that is mostly populated by its indigenous people, are better off socially and economically than having such a diverse demographic that there's so many ideas so one can agree on one thing?



If that were the case, then why are India, China, Cambodia, Indonesia etc not as economically successful as countries with diverse backgrounds?


Ultimately, it's not about people in the nation being diverse or having different ideas, it all boils down to how the political leaders manage their economics and policy-making decisions.

Most of the countries that are suffering economically is due to their corrupted political leaders.
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I don't think that how varied the ethnicity of an area is negatively effects its economic standings at all. It may impact their general cultural views and laws within the society but from what I have seen diversity is a good thing in terms of society. We learn from each other, and are given the opportunity to see the world in different ways from it.
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muchtoodorkly wrote:

Alright, so recently I've been thinking about what's important in order for a country to function properly and prosper. I've been living in the US for a few years now, (8 to be exact) and I've noticed that this country really seems to lack a sense of social unity. Like being able to agree on one thing for the better of the nation and human rights. The United States is also very diverse having almost every ethnicity you can think of, but my question to you is this. Do you think that countries who have a generally solid ethnicity, say mostly a country that is mostly populated by its indigenous people, are better off socially and economically than having such a diverse demographic that there's so many ideas so one can agree on one thing?


The reason why the US lacks a sense of social unity is we are broken up early on by race and Political affiliation creating two sides that do nothing but push the divide as wide as they can. We further divide ourselves in our communities which is the opposite of unity. All is not loss you can see unity in the workplace everyday for where there is incentive usually there is unity.Ideas in America are just that we bash people for their opinions but are not capable of offering any solutions in return creating an ineptitude in American politics never seen before in the history of this Country.
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I wanna say it's almost impossible to have "social unity", everyone in the world has different believes and values, even with the right to vote for things, people will disagree with those things. And some people would prefer if people didnt vote at all.

If anything, this is probably going to be the best social unity we are going to get without violence
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There's a phenomenon called "heart of the people" that can be observed in societies. This is a trait that exists in most of the society. The best, and probably most bad-ass, example is the culture of Ancient Rome. Rome was ridiculously long-lived; spanning over a thousand years. And it had nothing of the order and rigidity that is attributed to it. Rome, rather, was a disorganized, lewd, and bloody mess where rule was set forth from whoever had the guts to kill the current consul, emperor, or dictator. Of course there were many amazing and beautiful things produced in Rome, but this does nothing to change how the society at the time functioned.

Now to the point: The reason Rome was so long lived was because the Roman people managed to perpetuate an indomitable stubbornness in its peoples. Rome was willing to throw army after army at their enemies until they gave up. For example, the attack of Hannibal on Italy was devastating to the romans. They lost huge numbers of men and the only thing they concerned themselves with was pushing Hannibal back. They hardly gave thought to any sort of retreat or surrender.

This was the heart of the Romans. They were really damn stubborn and I think it is very likely that it is due to this that they managed to exist for so long. I mean think about it, it lasted over a thousand years. Almost no other culture even comes close to holding out that long.

It’s precisely this which keeps binds societies together. A society can have tons of opposing views, but as long as enough people have a shared core character trait, that society is about as unified as it can get. United States has a heart, not stubbornness mind you. For us Americans, it is most likely an absurd notion of entitlement that is perpetuated in our people. Whether this is good or bad I leave to moralists to determine.
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If that were the case, then why are India, China, Cambodia, Indonesia etc not as economically successful as countries with diverse backgrounds?



Not true about India or China, both countries have ancient civilisations. Just because they're not economically successful for the past 100 years or so do not mean that they haven't been strong at all in the past. Every country has it's up and down in history, and countries who existed for 5000+ years would not exist today if they didn't have their peaks. Also, both countries are getting stronger day by day where as Western countries are getting weaker and weaker, so I don't think it's a matter of diversified ethnicities, it's a matter of control the government has on its people.

On a side note, 8% of China's population is made up of 55 ethnic minorities. And 8% of 1.3 billion is hell alot of people.


muchtoodorkly wrote:

Alright, so recently I've been thinking about what's important in order for a country to function properly and prosper. I've been living in the US for a few years now, (8 to be exact) and I've noticed that this country really seems to lack a sense of social unity. Like being able to agree on one thing for the better of the nation and human rights. The United States is also very diverse having almost every ethnicity you can think of, but my question to you is this. Do you think that countries who have a generally solid ethnicity, say mostly a country that is mostly populated by its indigenous people, are better off socially and economically than having such a diverse demographic that there's so many ideas so one can agree on one thing?


As I mentioned before, I think the problem with the U.S. and possibly the U.K. is too much freedom. A little bit of freedom is a good thing, but too much freedom will let people take the piss. It's like raising kids, if the parents are strict and then they are likely to have disciplined children, but when parents give kids too much freedom, then the kids will become wild and spoilt brats who think they're entitled to everything.
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The US is better for, and faces greater challenges, then other countries that aren't so diverse, and each generation shapes this country even more. I believe in the future we will continue to be both diverse, and unified, different mini cultures, yet all American.
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you can see it is like a gangster unless you can see through the subliminal doorway propaganda sht... it's not too corrupt so it's ok i would prefer to live in the u.s. more than other countries and it has a mutual relationship and strong alliance with a lot of countries.. don't agree with everything the u.s. does don't want to go into detail if you curious pm meh
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