Maybe if 'colonials' stop calling this aberration:
...football, maybe Europeans will start liking you better.
Most Europeans aren't keen on their fellow Europeans, let alone sharing `brotherly love` towards those in Canada and the US. Europeans share so many differences with each other, we don't see that Canada and the US should be any different.I find these attitudes to be quite puzzling. Why are those that are residing in Europe, and have had ancestors living there for centuries able to feel such comtempt for the children of their countries? Why do they not feel pride that their countries were able to produce such countries like Canada and America? Why is there no brotherly love between our related countries? Why is there no respect for our shared blood?
We don't gloss over the fact that race mixing has gone on in Europe. In fact, we acknowledge it. Many Europeans here don't see it as an issue, unlike many of the Americans. Of course, it depends what part of Europe we are talking about, as different areas have received different numbers and types of immigrants.But, there is something that many native Europeans like to gloss over. There is, has been and always will be race mixing in Europe! Even now, there are those that are native Europeans that have at some point in their history an ancestor that is not completely of their ethnicity. It can't be helped, and you can't help your parentage.
Who or what is this common enemy? Is it the black race, Islam, poverty? It's not that as Europeans we are aloof, in fact we are quite blasé about who we are, and perhaps this is where the differences lie? Perhaps Americans put more emphasis on their heritage than Europeans do?There's a common enemy out there. Don't you think that they take great pleasure in seeing us argue and bicker amongst ourselves as to who is the best shining example of Europeaness? Let us not give them that anymore and cast aside our pettiness.
Since, thank God, so far I never had to receive transfusion of blood, I don't "share blood" with anyone.
Colonials were far from home and surrounded by "others", Indian savages and African slaves. Boundaries that should not be crossed arise naturally in such situations. The natural desire to associate and mate with people that are similar was stressed more. Failure to do so was looked down upon. There was a real danger in it. We would have lost our identity....gained a new one, but still lost what we had. People were aware of this. There was a lot of scorn heaped on White men that went "native" and lived their lives like the Amerindians. The disgust for Whites that mated with people of African descent is still very common.
Being ashamed of non-European ancestors and a high emphasis on "purity" and ancestry is most likely a product of this history. Believe it or not, it became an important part of our culture. We inherited it.
We Europeans are a cluster of ethnicities who are under the same sphere of interests but which are only bonded by small cultural similarities.
I value very much the odysseys that the first settlers of North America had to go through and of course the process of establishment on a foreign land so very well described by John Steinbeck in "To a God Unknown". But these settlers gave origin to a different culture and to a different ethnicity, they settled something unique and i think your pride and preservationism should reside in that uniqueness rather than on romantic fantasies about overseas ties.
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