As Others See Us

As Others See Us

As Others See Us

As Others See Us

Excerpt

It is wonderful to be an American. It is one of the greatest privileges of our time. But it is also a very great responsibility—and becoming an ever growing one.

As one of the 13,000,000 foreign-born Americans, I am particularly aware of both the privilege and the responsibility. When I am in the United States and think of what is going on in the rest of the world, I am keenly conscious of the privilege. When I go abroad and find how much Europe expects from the United States, and how little she understands it, I am overcome by the responsibility.

Europe looks toward America with such great hopes! But at the same time she harbors such great and, all too often, such unjustified and even absurd suspicions.

Europeans complain that Americans do not understand them. They complain about American ignorance of European history and about American misconceptions of the European mentality and European problems. But they rarely realize that they are even more ignorant of American history and have a much greater misconcep . . .

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