Something I needed to shatter my illusions in my youth was to move to Europe.
I believed what I was taught about American exceptionalism. I believed we were the best, most free, most wonderful society on Earth. I pitied people who were not Americans.
Right up until the day I moved to Germany. What I saw for the five years I lived in Berlin showed me so much.
I traveled all over Europe and saw societies that were as free or more free than the United States, and not just for white people.
That was a long time ago, and in the interim, I’ve become even more disillusioned with America. I don’t know if things have gotten worse for if I’ve become less tolerant of injustice and inequality.
I suspect a bit of both.
I know we certainly have our work cut out for us.