Originally Posted by ssiguy
Clearly the world thinks we have a very unique physical, social, and political makeup it's just a shame that the some people continually tell us we for no other reason than to feed like a pig at the public trough.
I do think that this whole issue is a little strange and parochial.
For example, when people talk about distinct cultures they often view them as distinct with respect to their own
(in this thread, Canada's). This introduces a huge bias because it overestimates how locally distinct faraway countries are, and that's what we complain about when we complain that Canada is not distinct enough from the US. How distinct are Colombia and Venezuela? Botswana and Namibia? I don't know, but those are the sorts of differences you should look at if you are trying to argue that Canada is abnormally undistinguished.
I also think our view of foreign cultures tends to be oversimplified and idealized. Canadians talk about "Chinese" people for example (maybe with some vague knowledge of 2 major languages) but there are 56 recognized ethnic groups in China and 10 of them have more than 5 million people. In most cases it would be pretty inaccurate to point at a country and assume it corresponds to a well-defined "race". Canada doesn't measure up in these discussions because it is being compared to an abstract concept.