Not long ago, a foreign-born student attending a top US University here in California asked me if I believed that why the USA was so successful was due to our”diversity” bringing all different cultures to one place. I didn’t want to burst his bubble or chastise the politically correct narrative shoved down his throat in the University here, but I was not about to lie to him. So, I explained my thoughts on this, and maybe it may help illuminate this for you too? Let us talk shall we.
You see, the United States of America has numerous advantages over other countries, mostly because of the abundance which includes free-markets, freedom, liberty and a belief that you can rise to the top. Having a strong military means we have the power to control a lot of the free world too and we can keep our country secure and productive. When you have abundance, you have more time and a higher standard of life;
You Have Much Free time Resources and Cognitive Surplus
And, all those people with all that time can surely do plenty of thinking and get to new heights in any area and if you have enough people (330 million+) then you’ve got lots of people in every field, and the synergy is compounded kind of like Ray Kurzweil’s theory on how the”Singularity” will occur for humankind.
The amount of advantages in the united states over other countries are vast, diversity is just one of them, and yes, it’s a major one as stated, but it likely isn’t the biggest or the most powerful, of course it sure helps – merely because borrowing ideas and cross-pollinating from several cultures and ways of accomplishing things or solving problems is a massive force multiplier to borrow a term from military strategy.
In an ideal world there wouldn’t be any walls between nations, nor would there be a demand for nuclear weapons or militaries – alas, we don’t reside in such a perfect world – yet? Perhaps one day, perhaps in our life if we live long enough – and we might, old age is not necessary nor is dying of it. We should work to fix this problem, thus not lose the wisdom and lessons only to be learned over-and-over-again, the hard way. Not good, but it’s good that we are now able to save old languages digitally and all of humanity’s information as we go, albeit in ones’ and zero’s right?