I Am So Glad!!

Jacksonville, Florida
June 30, 2011 10:51am CST
I am so glad I live in America. Man I cannot even tell you how glad I am. I have read things here about Arranged Marriages, Best Age (There's a certain age you need to get married) and Bringing Gifts when you visit your parents (I would be in trouble with that one)... How many of you are glad of where you live? Would you ever move to another country? What are some customs where you live? Would you be able to handle other customs for another country? (I know I wouldn't).
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@carmelanirel (21108)
• United States
30 Jun 11
You know, even if peter is correct, America is not like that now and I agree with you, we are in a blessed country...I even love the state I live in because there is very few natural disasters that hit in my area..I just hope it stays this way, that America doesn't stray into something that isn't good...
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Jun 11
Thanks for your response! Your right America is not like that now and that's what I was talking about. I'm glad we can marry whoever we want and I'm glad we don't have a certain age here for marriage it is when we are ready and want to. I am also glad that I do not have to bring a gift to my parents every time I see them because I would be broke quick! Lol
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@petersum (4526)
• United States
30 Jun 11
Where do you live? America has people from every culture and country in the world. It is a nation of immigrants! Each person brought a part of their culture with them and many keep it forever. America is so diverse, and still a young country, that it doesn't really have it's own culture yet!
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• United States
30 Jun 11
Where do you live peter, that girls are made to marry? I am interested, because I am sure if people knew this was happening, there will be a stop to it..BTW, I live in Ohio, I know no one who has ever been forced to marry, even when I travel the country...
@petersum (4526)
• United States
30 Jun 11
It appears that you have no understanding of America at all. Everything you mentioned IS found in America.
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Jun 11
Really? All of these things began in America, I honestly did not know that. Thanks for making me feel stupid though, I appreciate it. I have never heard of bringing gifts to your parents in order to visit them in America. Never learned that one in history...I have never heard of Pre Arranged Marriages here either, maybe I slept through that history class...
• United States
30 Jun 11
I must have slept through history class too..Unless peter is talking about the early settlers and how they were cautious about their children marrying just anyone..
• Jacksonville, Florida
30 Jun 11
LOL! We both must have been sleeping I guess!
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• United States
12 Jul 11
As a converted Jew, I believe I could escape to Israel if I needed to . But would I like it? I don't think so.I'm an American and I would rather die here. As for arranged marriage, I think it is a good idea if the marriage is for two families to merge. But if you want to mix love with marriage no.
• Jacksonville, Florida
13 Jul 11
I agree, I would much rather be in this country. Of course there are some things I don't like here like for one our president right now but other than that I really like this country and I don't think I could adapt to another one...
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• United States
14 Jul 11
Presidents are like seasons , if you don't like one , there Will be another. I'm just glad I lived to see a Black president . As for the politics, I really do not follow it that much. A liar is a liar , regardless of color or party.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
1 Jul 11
When you are in Rome do as Romans do. So, I believe wherever I am I can adjust well to the customs of the country I live in. I live in Bali, Indonesia. I am happy with the beautiful island I live in, I am happy with the lot of fresh air that I breath in, I am happy of the tropical temperature I am used to and I am happy of the people around me who does not mind other people business except their own yet they care about each other. What I am not happy of is the things the government does and their conception of leading this country to destruction. I believe if I move to another country, there would be somethings that I like and I don't like. So, I would stay in this country I cannot bear it....
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response! I agree that we are all used to where we were born and raised. I don't think I could adjust to another country. I think it would be very difficult for me. I am not as strong as you are I guess.
@jennyze (7048)
• Indonesia
4 Jul 11
Well, I believe that people can adjust in any situations, it is just the willingness that differentiate one to the other...
• Philippines
30 Jun 11
I love Philippines as my country and the Filipino people as well but in terms of our government's obvious execessive corruption, rich criminals who are not being punished by law, slow justice, racism (yeah, unfortunately most of the Filipinos are) against fellow Asians, lack of support from the government, and so much more to enumerate. I say, Philippines is a country that needs a total wipe out. :) I think I can handle other customs. I can adapt other country's customs but never adopt. I've been to other countries like Germany, Singapore and Hongkong and I was able to enjoy my stay. :)
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response! The government doesn't sound too good. =( I'm sorry. I'm glad you love your country though.
• Philippines
2 Jul 11
@ Scarface2010 - That is so true. Currently the currency exchange rate of USD and Philippine Peso is 1 USD = 43 PHP. :) That's why we have a lot of foreigners in our country. :) @ LovingMyBabies - You're welcome! Our government really is the main problem but aside from that, I couldn't think of anything else. I still love Philippines as my country because it is part of who I am. I am a Filipino and this is where I was born, grew up and made friends. :)
@cecil04 (409)
• South Africa
30 Jun 11
That kind of stuff happens all over the world its just that some countries hide it. I live in south Africa and it currently one of those fast growing countries, no one would ever imagine arranged marriages still existing until they turn on the news.
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response! Maybe they do hide it I have just never heard of it here...I don't think I could ever adapt to another countries customs.
@cecil04 (409)
• South Africa
1 Jul 11
I don't believe in arranged marriages too. Some families still do it to get some money. @Scarface you wouldn't be complaining if she was a supermodel.
@toniganzon (38691)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
I couldn't live with a custom where parents would decide the man i'm marrying and at what age. That really sucks for me. I'm glad where i am now and the only thing that i hate being in my country is that the companies don't care much about customer service. As long as they're earning from you they don't give much attention to after sales service. I couldn't even count how many companies here have good after sales service. Maybe i couldn't find any at all.
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response! I'm glad for the most part that you like where you are now. I agree I couldn't live with arranged marriages either, that would be awful!
@ebuscat (5949)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
For me yes it is seen in your photo thank to Jehovah God that he gave you a happy married and exact living.
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response!
@salonga (27963)
• Philippines
1 Jul 11
Well dear I think it is really hard to adjust to the customs and traditions of other culture. If one has been living since birth in his own country and then would suddenly migrate in another place where the custom and tradition are so strange to him then he would find it really hard to adjust. So as for me, I am contented in my country and has not even a bit of desire to migrate to other country.
• Jacksonville, Florida
1 Jul 11
Thanks for your response! I agree I think it would be very difficult to adapt to another country and their customs. I couldn't ever move to another country, I really don't think I would be happy at all. I think it would be too hard for me.
• Estonia
1 Jul 11
I live in Estonia and I am absolutely happy with it! Although the quality of life here might be more or less lower than in some other western countries, the climate here is very good. And I'm not talking about hot summers or cold winters, cause these seasons are very different every year. I am talking about absence of major nature disasters like earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes and so on. We have some storms during summer that may break trees or damage power lines, but the consequences are usually easily countered. I am so happy that we don't have to live in fear of next volcano eruption or flood season or something.