Americans are brainwashed into believing that we are the greatest country in the world. That our country’s freedom exceeds that of other countries and that we should be held at a higher standard than anyone else. The woman in the clip from Newsroom asks the question, “Why is america the greatest country in the world?” with such certainty; she doesn’t ask, “is our country the greatest country, and why?”
Reflecting on the faults of oneself can be one of the most rewarding experiences, for it can open eyes. Just like McAvoy said, “The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one.”
Where does our extreme sense of self pride come from? As said in the clip, “We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending.” The categories America come in first place are less than admirable. Sure, nothing is wrong with loving ones country, but there is something wrong with being ignorant to facts. It is more admirable to identify what we are doing wrong, and take strides to start fixing it rather than ignoring our domestic issues and devaluing the progress and importance of other nations.