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  • G'day there. As an outsider, I have a unique perspective from which to view America.

  • As an American friend said to me: "Sometimes it takes someone on the outside

  • to remind us what we are like on the inside."

  • I'm an Australian -- you might have already guessed that -- and I love my home country.

  • And I am proud that my nation has long been a reliable American ally. But I know that

  • Australia is not America, and that my country has not achieved what America has achieved.

  • No country in human history has.

  • What makes America different?

  • There are many answers, but start with one you might not have thought of.

  • Most people think America is all about success. I see it a little differently.

  • I think America is all about failing.

  • Most people in the world don't get the chance to fail. But Americans take it for granted.

  • Only Americans say, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." There's even an

  • academic study to prove this. According to a study by Harvard Business School professor

  • Steven Rogers, most entrepreneurs fail four times before they succeed. Success takes timing,

  • and hard work, some good luck and many other factors. But to succeed you must be given

  • the chance to fail -- and you must accept responsibility if you do. I love that about Americans.

  • At their best they don't blame others; they learn from their mistakes and

  • do better the next time. And in America there is almost always a next time.

  • Nowhere else are you as free to take entrepreneurial risks. Talk to someone who has tried to start

  • a small business in Germany or Brazil and you'll see what I mean. From the outside looking in,

  • I can only admire this. And I'm not the only one. Just take a look at the CEOs of

  • major Silicon Valley companies. You will see the names of entrepreneurs from all over the world --

  • India, Pakistan, Russia, Israel -- you name the country. Why did they come to America to innovate?

  • Because there's a lot of money here? Yes, of course, that's part of it.

  • But there's a lot of money in London, and Berlin, and Tokyo, as well. They came to America because

  • America gave them the chance to fail...and therefore the best chance in the world to succeed.

  • And the rest of the world can thank their lucky stars for America's economic success.

  • Not only is America by far the world's largest economy, it is also the world's largest consumer.

  • And the world's economy depends on being able to sell to America.

  • It would also be perfectly natural for Americans to want to keep all this wealth to themselves.

  • But they don't. Just the opposite, in fact. America has been the most selfless nation

  • in the history of the world -- yet another way in which America is different.

  • What other nation fights for the freedom of others? In Europe in two world wars, in Korea, in Vietnam

  • and, yes, in Iraq. In all those wars, America had very little or nothing to gain economically.

  • Whenever there is a humanitarian crisis anywhere in the world -- Haiti after a hurricane,

  • Indonesia after a tsunami -- who is the first to rush aid to these places? No matter where the calamity is,

  • at home or abroad, Americans invariably raise millions of dollars, almost instantly,

  • to send food and clothing and supplies to people in distress they don't know and will never meet.

  • Who else does that?

  • I love that America is different. What worries me about America is that

  • I see her increasingly trying to act like other nations.

  • It worries me to see that so many Americans are drawn to the ossified ideas of Europe.

  • That's the old world. It was old in 1776 even, when America broke away from it.

  • Why would America want to reverse its own Revolution? Why would Americans want to follow the economic

  • and social model of a continent that they can see is failing economically and socially?

  • Do Americans really want to emulate France? Or Greece?

  • It worries me to see so many Americans wallowing in victim status blaming "outside forces"

  • for their predicament rather than accepting responsibility and seeking to improve themselves.

  • It worries me to see American schools debasing America's own glorious history.

  • It worries me to see America's debt and government grow larger while its military and its personal

  • freedoms shrink. It worries me because a weak, self-doubting America is bad for everyone

  • everywhere who loves freedom.

  • But these worries never last long. Because each time I visit America I encounter a people

  • who are confident, competitive, courageous, faithful, idealistic, innovative, inspirational,

  • charitable, and optimistic.

  • It's like no other place in the world. I pray it stays that way.

  • I'm Nick Adams for Prager University.

G'day there. As an outsider, I have a unique perspective from which to view America.

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What Makes America Different?

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    むなかた じゅん posted on 2017/01/09
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