I know this heading will attract vitriol and I’m not posting this to be deliberately inflammatory.
So don’t take it personally.
I live in a small remote country called New Zealand. The standard of living, average incomes etc of the average Kiwi are way less than in The United States.
However what we lack economically when measured against the largest economy in the world we tend to make-up in education, ability to adapt and a high degree of worldliness.
By in large New Zealanders know what’s going-on around the world and try to assist as best we can.
N.Z cares say about disasters happening in remote places.
N.Zers can even place these remote places on a map.
I think we ‘box above our weight.’
Cutting to the chase - in all my considerable travels I have yet to meet a more insular people than your average American (the states I’ve visited include CA, WA, CO, OH, IL, MA, NY, NJ and TX) I can say this hand-on-heart.
In my experience most Americans could not place New Zealand on a map nor for that matter answer a basic general knowledge question like “name a famous Englishman?”
I would more likely have more luck getting an answer to that question from a person from China or Brazil than I would a so-called educated American.
Americans only care about America and their own little myopic world.
The result from the Eastern Conference game would mean more to the average ‘Joe-Bloggs’ than the current humanitarian disaster in Pakistan.
This “don’t ask questions” and “never get outside the square” environment is the breeding ground and bedrock of all religions.
Religions flourish in countries where ignorance is endemic, the peoples never get to meet anyone else and see other perspectives on life.
This explains why America is still so into God, when in other comparable countries the populations are leaving churches in droves.
I rest my case with these two 'classic' videos - which never fail to amuse me: