As a card carrying CAmerican people often ask me what the difference is in my two cultures. Of course the differences are many while at the same time few, but if I had to narrow it down to “What makes a country go down it’s particular path on the decision tree of life? How is it that such close neighbors can come out with so many different policies?” it is this:
American culture supports a viewpoint that is more morally opposed to sex than violence.
Canadian culture supports a viewpoint that is more opposed to violence than sex.
These two very different fundamental viewpoints lead to very different outcomes. I am not making a moral judgement, I am a CAmerican— I adhere to both, depending on the context. If I am advising anything it is that one should concern themselves more over the context than the conditioning.
Be aware and purposeful because your beginning beliefs grow a very different style of person, family, country, household rules, laws, rewards or punishments….
If you believe it is bad, that is what you teach. If you believe it is good, that is what you teach. If you believe it is possible, that is what you teach. If you believe it is not possible, you call believing it is possible false hope.
If you believe they can’t or you believe they can, that belief chooses the path.