The Expatriate Excuse

There is a tremendous advantage of being a foreign resident that nobody ever cites: you can take absolutely any bad quality of human beings and attribute it to the host culture. So convenient is this that expatriates succeed in utterly forgetting what they witnessed in their own native land; everything negative is now treated as typical, not of human beings as such, but of the culture in which they now live. In fact, many expatriates take care never to move back home, for if they did they might have to rethink their knee-jerk habit of blaming every conceivable vice or foolishness upon their host nationality.

Admiring oneself as the one-eyed king in the country of the blind is much more fun.

Posted on November 11, 2009 at 14:36 by Hugo Grinebiter · Permalink
In: MONKEY BUSINESS, A Theory Of Everybody

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