There are things that we Brits find incomprehensible about the USA. And no, I am not talking about trivia like the popularity of bad beer, the funny accents in the South, or the the comical use of the word “pants” to mean trousers. I mean deep-seated cultural differences that make USA sometimes feel utterly alien to me. Here are three:
1. Heath Care
Americans live in a civilised and technologically advanced country, one of the richest in the world. Yet people die because of not having health insurance. To British eyes, that is utterly inexplicable. Barbaric. Inexcusable.
Overt sexualisation of teenaged and pre-teen girls. Sheesh.
A country where convicted felons can buy
assault rifles automatic weapons without background checks, and the government actively affirms their right to do so. Evidence that this is a bad idea is not only ignored, but research is legally prohibited from being federally funded. And every year, thirty thousand citizens are shot dead. Holy heck.
I wonder if Americans have any idea how bizarre and backward their country looks from the outside?
… and then I wonder whether there are aspects of British culture that look equally bizarre and backward from outside the UK? Americans, help me out. What is truly weird about Britain?