It’s easy to knock our country for all the silly things it does sometimes. Our modern culture is beset by ridiculous ideologies that try to convince us that we should give up the things that made us great in the first place. Much of the world hates us because of our position at the top and they do everything they can to try to bring us down. It doesn’t help that we don’t really understand international politics and customs well enough to be good representatives when we go abroad.
On the other hand, we need to remember that America overall is still the best country in the world. With our ability to generate so much wealth and prosperity, we usually criticize ourselves as being overly lavish and selfish, but all you have to do is look at the humanitarian work we do around the globe and it resets your view of our country. For example, as India battles a surge in COVID-19 cases, the United States is sending additional supplies to help them overcome this new problem.
It’s been this way from the very beginning. Shortly after winning our independence, we were already providing aid to countries like Venezuela following a devastating earthquake. World War I saw two major initiatives and World War II saw a significant increase in overall spending on assisting other nations. Even during the Cold War the United States provided a great deal of financial and material assistance to various countries.
Today, America sends money and resources around the world in nearly every major situation which calls for it. If there are people in need or a disaster that strikes, America is almost always at the forefront of the efforts to assist. Peacekeepers, volunteers, shipping of food and clothing and other goods are just some of the ways that the United States steps up to provide help in some of the most dire situations we encounter.
It is interesting that we help people who usually have no real connection with us at all. One might think that we would focus only on our own citizens who are directly our responsibility, but year after year we provide assistance to so many people who have no reason to expect it, except that America has established itself as a leader of humanitarian aid across the world. It is true generosity when one gives of themselves with no expectation of anything in return.
As part of my effort to balance my blog with more positive information, I wanted to touch on this amazing fact about Americans in general. When the call comes to help those in need, America has rarely failed to answer. There is a compassion inherent to our society that makes it nearly impossible for us to ignore a call for assistance, especially when the situation involves the suffering of innocent people.
Our future is still a very bright one, and as we continue to grow and become more powerful and wealthy, it is important for us to remember who we are at the core. This hasn’t changed since we signed our Constitution into law more than two hundred years ago, and it will be a very long time before our need to help others fades away. Even though we sometimes get tunnel vision on our own problems, we never forget that there are so many in the world who have it worse than us.
What do you think about American generosity? Have you voted for or participated in a program the provided relief to those in suffering? How often do you think about the positive things that our nation is known for and support those who make it happen? It is much harder to appreciate the hard things than to fixate on our own problems, but if we can remember things like humanitarian aid it becomes much easier to feel great about living in the best country to have ever existed.
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