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I've had a year to get re-acquainted with America after living almost 8 years in Germany and I fear I will never grow to love this country again. It is a country built on instant gratification, with an emphasis on wanton and pointless consumerism, coupled with an obnoxious, jingoistic self-identity. Most people are hopelessly ignorant of affairs outside their own county, nevermind outside the borders of their country. They are more concerned with the next sale at the mall than what's going on in the world. Everything is disposable here, including what few traditions that survived the first 200 years of our history. I shudder to think that my daughters must grow up in such a society. We will do our best to instill in our children proper values and respect for traditions at home, but I fear our battle against the shallowness and materialism of the American mass culture is a losing one. Fortunately, it is likely we will again have the opportunity to go overseas, and we will jump at that opportunity.

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guest
Aug 24, 2010 13:21

I am sorry you have come to hate America but I wish you would offer some insight on living in Dusseldorf.

guest
Feb 2, 2011 12:17

So you don't like America at all, that's fair enough, BUT WHY Y NO SPEAK ABOUT DUSSELDORF!

guest
Mar 18, 2011 19:55

eh this doesnt help me meet people in Dusseldorf!

guest
Feb 26, 2013 06:17

I have been living in Kaiserswerth (small town in Dusseldor) for 6mths. This is a lovely area, with very friendly people. You really don't need a car, you can travel via the bike, walk, tram or bus. Housing is expensive - so be prepared. The winters are pretty rough, as it gets dark so early. Downtown Dusseldorf you can shop till you drop. Top end shops to your every day stores. Of course.... beer, beer and more beer!

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