Columns / Discourse / October 13, 2010

European and American vision: Two rails of the same intellectual train

Beloved Knox students, friends and partners, this is a new monthly serial column where you´ll be able to have fun seeing the differences and similarities between customs and traditions, between the Old World and the New World, between the countries of the “Free World” and definitely between nations from all around the planet, in a consistent and kind review of universal life that can bring us to pleasant and worthy reflections.

Just two lines about myself to help you to understand better the exact journalist objective of this newspaper column: I was born in Europe, Spain, family in France, lived in Great Britain, traveling always across Europe from east to west, north to south. From the sweet channels of Holland to the fascinating largest caves of Slovenia, from the unbelievable castles of Scotland to the mysterious art and ancient bridges of the always excited Venetian Italy. After that I discovered New York, the United States and I definitely fell in love. The absence of longer history replaced by an excellent, vigorous, positive life, amazing always in what is professional and personal, the best coexistence of cultures that I forever dreamt I had it in front of my soul and my eyes. Afterall, I was always Hip Hop and hood too, publishing two novels while working for the Spanish national radio, Onda Cero. My life in Brooklyn and the United States became a pleasant and potential progress of increasing production of LP´s, shows and novels from my university and gave to me and my people this academic international view that I still have to expand to Asia and the rest of the continents.

So, my reader-friends, let’s start first with a very short and main list just to shoot the beginning of some perceptions these millions peoples share that I think are true but questionable, totally susceptible to changes in future and at least just probed, solid and funny.

Most differences:

Europe: more old, more experience, more criticism, more history, more museums, more tradition, more struggles for some self-determination nations, more diversity of languages, cultures, gastronomy, costumes and routines in much more less territory, origin of battles from religion and monarchies, younger democracies.

USA: more positive, more entrepreneurial, much more united, more tolerance and respect to diversity, larger, more distance between populations, two big parties share the government representing conservative and progressive views, the longest Democracy in time with difference than the rest of planet, wide wild natural parks, efficient separation of state and religion.

Most common between both: same Greek and Latin origin concept of philosophy to understand the material and not material view of the existence. Same empirical system science roots. Respect for human rights. Cooperation in worldwide government. Same alphabet. 90 percent similar level of application of human rights. General tolerance and love for the positive aspects of the diversity of cultures, traditions and beliefs. Optimistic productive progressive democracies, based in meritocracy, struggle against oppression and dictatorial systems, agree with uniting nations.

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