American hedonism closes its eyes to death, and has been
incapable of exorcising the destructive power of the moment
with a wisdom like that of the Epicureans of antiquity.

- Octavio Paz
Death is un-American, and an affront to every citizen's inalienable
right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

- Arnold Toynbee
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"As long as such self-serving hypocrisy
motivates America's response, Ukraine will
only sink further into needless bloodshed,
and that blood will be on America's head."
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In America everybody is of the opinion that he has no social superiors,
since all men are equal, but he does not admit that he has no social inferiors,
for, from the time of Jefferson onward, the doctrine that all men are equal
applies only upwards, not downwards.

― Bertrand Russell
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"What those 'racists' are reflexively and rightly reacting
to is the soulless chill as the fire goes out beneath the
melting pot. Those who think America can thrive as a
'cultural mosaic' are worse than fools; they're Canadians."

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Two centuries ago, a former European colony decided to catch up with Europe.
It succeeded so well that the United States of America became a monster,
in which the taints, the sickness and the inhumanity of Europe
have grown to appalling dimensions.

― Frantz Fanon
What the United States does best is understand itself.
What it does worst is understand others.

- Carlos Fuentes
Poor Mexico, so far from God
and so close to the United States.

- Porfirio Diaz
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"Indeed, everything about the American southland was magical
and exotic to the young Canadian musicians, from the sights
and smells to the drawling manner of speech to, especially, the
central role that music played in people’s everyday lives."

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America is a mistake, a giant mistake.
- Sigmund Freud
America is an adorable woman chewing tobacco.
- Auguste Bartholdi
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"This is the tone of the China Century, a subtle
mix of Nazi/Soviet bravado and 'oriental'
cunning -- easily misunderstood, and
never
heard before, in a real enemy, by the West."

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"And for the others who argued for English-only
patriotism, I note that there are more than
57 million Americans (about 20% of the nation)
whose first-language is not English...."

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"This is the behavior, and the fate, of paranoid
old-world tyrants like Hitler or Saddam, not liberal new-world democracies like America pretends to be."

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America is the only nation in history which
miraculously has gone directly from barbarism to
degeneration without the usual interval of civilization.

- Georges Clemenceau
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
- Charles–Maurice Talleyrand
A people who are still, as it were, but in the gristle,
and not yet hardened into the bone of manhood.

- Edmund Burke
America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.
- Marshall McLuhan
"The removal of racist sports nicknames (and mascots) seems outrageously belated
-- why, exactly, has this civil rights cause
taken so long to gain momentum?"

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The atom bomb is a paper tiger which the
United States reactionaries use to scare people.
It looks terrible, but in fact it isn't.

- Mao Tse-tung
They made us many promises, more than I can remember, but
they kept only one; they promised to take our land, and they did.

- Red Cloud
In America sex is an obsession,
in other parts of the world it is a fact.

- Marlene Dietrich
I would rather have a nod from an American,
than a snuff-box from an emperor.

- Lord Byron
One day the United States discovered it was an empire.
But it didn’t know what an empire was.
It thought that an empire was merely the biggest of all corporations.

- Roberto Calasso
Americans are so enamored of equality, they would rather
be equal in slavery than unequal in freedom.

- Alexis de Tocqueville
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"No one, I thought, could watch those scenes, of young children slaughtered en masse, and so many parents grieving, without thinking that this, finally, would tip some kind of balance in the country."
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If you are prepared to accept the consequences of your dreams
then you must still regard America today with the same naive
enthusiasm as the generations that discovered the New World.

- Jean Baudrillard
I am willing to love all mankind, except an American.
- Samuel Johnson
America, thou half brother of the world;
With something good and bad of every land.

- Philip Bailey
"What can be more powerful than disinformation in the Information Age?"
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England and America are two countries separated by the same language.
- Sir Walter Besant
Christopher Columbus, as everyone knows, is honored by
posterity because he was the last to discover America.

- James Joyce
Now, from America, empty indifferent things
are pouring across, sham things, dummy life.

- Rainer Maria Rilke
If the United States is to recover fortitude and lucidity,
it must recover itself, and to recover itself it must
recover the "others"- the outcasts of the Western world.
- Octavio Paz
The youth of America is their oldest tradition.
It has been going on now for three hundred years.

- Oscar Wilde
"America really is, for most Americans, all things considered, a good place to be, and all they really want is for everyone to enjoy the same privilege and pleasure."
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When good Americans die they go to Paris;
when bad Americans die they go to America.

- Oscar Wilde
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They're nothing more than traffickers; and as the smart traffickers'll tell you, you don't use the merchandise. They are just inoculating their kids with a tech-drug serum, to immunize them against the very merchandise that put the **** bowling alley in their basement.
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America is therefore the land of the future, where, in the ages that
lie before us, the burden of the World's History shall reveal itself.

- Georg Friedrich Hegel
America is a large, friendly dog in a very small room.
Every time it wags its tail, it knocks over a chair.

- Arnold Toynbee
Americans always try to do the right thing after they've tried everything else.
- Winston Churchill
The thing that impresses me most about Americans
is the way parents obey their children.

- Edward, Duke of Windsor
Americans are apt to be unduly interested in discovering
what average opinion believes average opinion to be.

- John Maynard Keynes
Europe was created by history.
America was created by philosophy.

- Margaret Thatcher
America is God's crucible, the great Melting-Pot where all the races of
Europe are melting and reforming!... The real American has not yet arrived.
He is only in the crucible, I tell you - he will be the fusion of all races.

- Israel Zangwill
American dreams are strongest in the hearts of those
who have seen America only in their dreams.

- Pico Iyer
America: It's like Britain, only with buttons.
- Ringo Starr
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer.
It has never yet melted.

― D.H. Lawrence
I have two conflicting visions of America.
One is a kind of dream landscape and the other is a kind of black comedy.

― Bono
The American mirror, said the voice, the sad American mirror
of wealth and poverty and constant useless metamorphosis,
the mirror that sails and whose sails are pain.

― Roberto Bolaño

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NataliaK
Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Nature and Exercise
on: December 7, 2015, 18:04

In America there is currently a staggering amount of people that are either overweight or obese and the numbers are growing exponentially. The desire to stay at home and watch T.V, play video games, or just be a couch potato is a common one among the young generation. Health consciousness is taught, however not practised. Many more youngsters are now being subjected to the throes of medical examination to then find they have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and many other dangerous facets to one’s health. In order to control these outcomes there needs to be a balance of burning all the calories one is consuming and storing in order for the body to be fully functional. Exercise is extremely important and needs to be implemented at a higher level and at a younger age in America. However, there also seems to be a recurrent view that exercise is tedious, boring, and stressful. In that case one could make it enjoyable by incorporating it into daily life on an easier level – by just going outside. Simply by walking the dog, taking a walk around the neighbourhood, or visiting the local park could still do wonders to one’s health. By reconnecting with nature there will also be a sense of communal vitality and beauty that could motivate a person to continue their regiment. As Emerson wrote, “…all natural objects make a kindred impression, when the mind is open to their influence”.



Amanda-
Bourikas
Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Re: Nature and Exercise
on: March 31, 2016, 10:49

I agree with Natalia that exercise and healthy eating are very important and beneficial to a person's health at any age. However, the question is, how do we get healthy eating and exercise to become the norm? There definitely needs to be better education about healthy lifestyles beginning in schools. Moreover, living a healthy lifestyle is about being motivated and keeping others motivated, therefore, who will inspire people to live healthy lifestyles? From personal experience, its not easy to keep an exercise regiment going after a long day of classes or working- you just want to come home and relax. With regards to healthy eating, maybe if grocery companies lower prices for fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, etc. it would entice people to buy those products more, rather than going to the freezer section to buy a microwavable meal or stopping at a fast food chain to grab food. Advertising is also an issue, think about the amount of commercials for fast food chains, pop/beer companies, or candy companies in comparison to a commercial about healthy lifestyles (Canadian examples- GoodLife Fitness and ParticipACTION). With all this being said, in order to live healthier lifestyles we need to be led by example. In doing so, there should be institutional changes in how living healthy lifestyles are taught and advertised.

http://www.jamieoliver.com/news-and-features/news/jamies-food-revolution-the-news-so-far/#limkLRHOOvtrCiCu.97
http://www.letsmove.gov/learn-facts/epidemic-childhood-obesity
http://www.participaction.com/en-ca/about https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrI8ktR9zBw#action=share (ParticipACTION Day of Play)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gaBZ4cDuIA (GoodLife Fitness)



MoB
Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Re: Nature and Exercise
on: April 2, 2016, 00:00

Your concern about making healthy living fun kind of reminds me of David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, in which Americans face many complex dangers because of a cultural apathy regarding the pursuit of things that aren’t pleasant or entertaining, and an uncontrollable urge to indulge in pleasure regardless of how unhealthy it might be. The book is kind of complicated and I don’t think I can offer any interesting insights about it here—I won’t try. But Wallace might suggest that the epidemic obesity in the United States is due not to the fact that exercise is not fun, but to a deeper cultural issue of Americans being completely adverse to things that are not fun. This second issue is obviously harder to address, but it's interesting to think that an impulse to make a solution to the problem of obesity more enjoyable might also be a symptom of that problem.



MoriahA
Novice Their American
Posts: 8
Re: Nature and Exercise
on: April 5, 2016, 19:47

It is interesting to see how far America has come from even just over a century ago. Theodore Roosevelt, the outdoors, mans man, of the turn of the century and 26th president of the United States, stressed the strenuous lifestyle. As he said in his speech, "I wish to preach, not the doctrine of ignoble ease, but the doctrine of the strenuous life, the life of toil and effort, of labor and strife; to preach that highest form of success which comes, not to the man who desires mere easy peace, but to the man who does not shrink from danger, from hardship, or from bitter toil, and who out of these wins the splendid ultimate triumph". Now, America is the place of ignoble ease. They strive for convenience rather than something that involves toil. Which, I believe, is the main reason for their obesity problem. Exercise has become inconvenient and fast food is the ultimate convenience.

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