Listening to some of the presentations today reminded me of a few things that are different here in the United States. Sure, there aren’t any civil wars and we have the closest thing to a democracy that exists today. However, the thing that kept going through my mind as well listened about Russia, China, and even a nation that is technically newer like Macedonia: The United States, and specifically Phoenix, is just so young!
Macedonia has been in conflict with Greece regarding its name because of a dispute that dates back to before Christ. While the country is new, that land has been inhabited since then. They have buildings that date back hundreds of years and conflicts with neighbors that are even older. Here in Phoenix, the oldest building was built in the late 1800’s and it is now a sports bar. Even the United States does not have an extensive history. Going to the east coast is where you will find the oldest buildings, but they don’t even begin to compare to the history of Europe.
Phoenix really does not have much of a history before the invention of air conditioning seeing as people could not stand to live here. That means that Phoenix really did not begin its modern history until the 1950’s. We have 60 years of history. Macedonia has over 2,000. What’s more, there are places whose civilizations are even older than that. It just goes to show that although we here in America may think that we know what is right, but we are still the new kids on the block and you never know, maybe we still have a few things to learn from these countries with such rich histories.