I keep hearing about the supposed “arrogance” of my fellow citizens when it concerns the way we act in other countries, but I also keep coming across situations like this:
A large number of foreigners across the world are convinced they are
very knowledgeable about America. Every time I travel overseas, the
locals tell me all about America, despite the fact that they have never
lived there. And most of what they know about America varies from
shallow to misleading to downright wrong.
The converse is partially true - many Americans are quite ignorant
about the rest of the world but are not afraid to admit that they are
ignorant and ask elementary questions. This, unfortunately, is
interpreted to reveal the stupidity and ignorance of Americans, instead
of the honesty that it actually is.
So who’s being arrogant here?