Not long ago, a foreign-born student attending a top US University here in California asked me if I thought that the reason that the USA was so successful was due to our”diversity” bringing all different cultures to one place. I didn’t want to burst his bubble or chastise the politically correct narrative shoved down his throat at the University here, but I wasn’t going to lie to him. So, I explained my ideas on this, and maybe it may help illuminate this for you too? Let us talk shall we.
You see, the United States of America has numerous advantages over other countries, mostly due to the abundance which includes free-markets, liberty, freedom and a belief that you can rise to the top. Having a strong military means we now have the capacity to control a lot of the free world as well and we can keep our nation secure and productive. When you have abundance, you have more time and a higher standard of life;
You Have Much Free time + Resources and Cognitive Surplus
And, all those people with all that time may surely do plenty of thinking and get to new heights in almost any field and if you have enough people (330 million+) then you’ve got lots of people in every area, and the synergy is compounded kind of like Ray Kurzweil’s theory on how the”Singularity” will happen for humankind.
The number of advantages in the united states over other countries are vast, diversity is just one of them, and yes, it’s a major one as stated, but it likely isn’t the biggest or the most effective, of course it sure helps – merely because borrowing ideas and cross-pollinating from various cultures and ways of accomplishing things or solving problems is a huge force multiplier to borrow a term from military strategy.
In a perfect world there wouldn’t be any walls between countries, nor would there be a demand for nuclear weapons or militaries – alas, we don’t live in such a perfect world – yet? Maybe one day, maybe in our life if we live long enough – and we may, older age is not necessary nor is dying of it. We should work to fix this issue, thus not lose the wisdom and lessons only to be heard over-and-over-again, the hard way. Not good, but it’s good that we can now save old languages digitally and all of humanity’s information as we proceed, albeit in ones’ and zero’s right?
Remember it was the USA that brought us computers, the Internet and much of our modern day communication. Nice.