Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | November 28, 2007

Thanksgiving

Have you ever heard an immigrant to the United States speak about their adopted country? Most of the time they can’t believe their good fortune to actually be in the land of limitless opportunity, the land flowing with milk and honey. Compared to where they came from, this country is paradise.

Immigrants put the rest of us to shame. They have such a tremendous appreciation for this country. They know exactly what freedom is, because they have known freedom’s absence firsthand. They understand opportunity, because there was no opportunity where they came from. They are in awe of the boundless goods and services available in the United States, because the shelves are empty where they came from. They are beating down and doors and slipping through the holes in the fences to get in, because they know what is on the other side—and they know that here they can have the opportunity to fashion their lives the way they want, and that here there is the potential to do well, far beyond anything they could ever imagine in the land of their birth.

Most home-grown Americans could take a lesson from our non-native compatriots. By comparison, so many of us act as spoiled brats, whining and moaning because somehow life is not fair: our three-stall garage is not big enough for our four cars; we don’t get to have filet mignon every night; they ran out of “iPhones” before we could get to the store to buy ours. For so many Americans, it is all about “getting what’s mine, what I deserve by virtue of being born here.” How pathetic.

The typical American has no clue just how good they have it. Even with all of the problems that we have in this country—and there are many—there is still no better place in the world to live and to raise a family. Ask an Iraqi war veteran what he thinks of America given his experience “over there.” After he tells you, be sure to thank him for standing in your stead to help us keep America free and prosperous.

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  1. Why is your write-up on immigrants so simply put? Do you actually believe that all immigrants had “no opportunity where they came from” and that all immigrants only experience “freedom” when they came to this country? Your points are well taken that maybe some Americans do not appreciate what they’ve got, but hey, don’t assume that all immigrants were living in hell and therefore decided to settle here. Also, there are tens of thousands of Americans who are in turn living in countries where the immigrants to the US come from, and they too, love it in those countries your immigrants you speak of come from. People sometimes just love to travel or maybe they had it better most of their life and then lost what they had because they too, did not appreciate what they had and destroyed that freedom. Life is just far too complicated to made this simple in one blog.

    Thanks

  2. Thank you for your comments. Your points are well taken. And what you say is certainly true. Life is indeed complicated. But if I had to explore every complication in a blog entry I would never write anything; life is also too short to spend all of one’s time wrapped up in a blog. Thus, I write about a few things here and there that I believe to be true, and back up my statements with a few facts and observations. I certainly don’t try to cover everything; I am writing a blog, not a dissertation.

    What I wrote about in this four-paragraph missive is simply a phenomenon that I have seen time and again. Those who seem to have the most appreciation for this country are often those who have come from someplace else. My point is simply that most Americans take this country for granted. Sometimes it takes outsiders to point out the obvious to an insider. That is the entire point; it has no reflection whatever on other nations and peoples of the world. That being said, thank you for your contribution to the discussion.

  3. I really don’t think immigrants should be a tag on this piece. It really has nothing to do with immigrants. You could have used ANYONE as an example there. Anyone who reminds us to be thankful for what we have in America (not to say that any other country is “less-than”). Anyone, in any country should be thankful for what they have. It’s a good thing to focus on… instead of what we have not.

  4. I agree.


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