What America Really Thinks About Canada.
I recommend reading this piece that appeared in the Toronto Star today. It’s by Eric Weiner, an American, who writes about U.S opinion of Canada with regards to Obama’s upcoming visit, and brings the funny. You can read the entire essay here – it’s a short, easy read.
He starts off by telling us why American takes no interest:
“It’s not personal, really. It’s geopolitical. You’re just too … nice. Nice doesn’t get our attention. Threatening gets our attention, and you, Canada, are anything but threatening, except on the hockey rink, of course, but we don’t take hockey all that seriously.”
But eventually he reveals the truth. America is jealous. They realize our superiority in being Canadian, but can’t bring themselves to appreciate it, being so tightly wrapped in their own essence.
“The truth is we envy you, though of course we never admit that to anyone, not even ourselves. We envy your health-care system. We envy your prudent, sober banks. We envy your restraint on the international stage. We envy your very happiness. We envy everything about you. Except your weather, of course. Nobody envies that.”
How can we blame Americans for being jealous? Well, Americans, you can come and visit us anytime you like. Bring lots of money.
(When will the jealousy end?)