Coming to America

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Coming to America from an eastern prospective, it was a challenge for me to understand different aspects of western culture. Their behaviors, ideas, and values appeared to be unusual, confusing, and shocking to me at one point, however, after observing American culture for three years, I think I finally understand why American act as they do. In the article The Values Americans Live By by Robert Kohls, he has created great a list of 13 generally detained values which claries why American act as they do. I absolutely agree with Kohls article and I wish I had read his article before I came here because it would have help me deal with Americans more effectively. I know from personal experiences that Kohls overview of American values is fairly accurate. 1. Personal control over the environment Positive: In order to control the environment, people have to observe it first, and they will be able to predict what is coming next. In this way, people get to know about their environment better, so they can prepare for coming disasters or whatever comes. By controlling their own environment and destiny, they can make their future better. This makes people energetic and goal oriented. I like to share an experience; when tsunami hits Sri Lanka in 2004, hundreds of people died because they did not know what to do in a tsunami, actually nobody even knew it was coming. If Sri Lankan culture had a more control over their environment, they would have known what to do in such a disaster, and fewer people have died. Negative: By trying to control the environment actually can hurt both people and the environment; I think people should accept that we cannot change everything we want. Instead of trying to control things, we should learn how to tol... ... middle of paper ... people to change their behavior for good. If people do not communicate others about negative aspects of their behavior then they will never know that they need to change. Negative: Direct communication of negative feedback can hurt People’s feeling and this can create arguments and violent confrontation. 12. Practicality and efficiency Positive: The projects people undertake will be profitable and be done in an efficient manner. Negative: Money is always the number one priority, so items such as arts , wild life and other things that are of intrinsic value will be sacrificed for profit. People put less emphasis on emotional or on consensual decisions. 13. Materialism Positive: It encourages people to work hard in order to obtain objects as rewards for their hard work. Negative: Materialism is like an addiction. You can never get enough of it.

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