Posts tagged 06/09/2011
The Problem of Knowing

I once happened on a website written by some young Dutch students.  They wrote that there was a problem of teen pregnancy the U.S., and they knew how to nip it in the bud:  If only Americans were not so messed up about sex, and were just more open like the Dutch, then the teen pregnancy problem would go away.  I thought I’d just go ahead and send them plane tickets to Appalachia and let them talk openly about sex til the cows came home.  In the exact same way and in a variety of domains, Americans have expressed the thought that if some country way over there would just do things the way Americans did, then there would be more of this good thing, or less of that bad thing.  Things would just be a ‘hole lot better.

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