Originally Posted by MonctonRad
...the degree of parochialism and lack of geographical knowledge down there is truly stunning!!!
At one of our block barbecues last week, a neighbour told us her uncle would be visiting Newfoundland this summer and he hadn't been here since the early 1950s.
This started up a conversation (a typical one in Newfoundland) about how far ahead we are of the rest of the world in so many ways, hahaha. It really is comical how often it comes up - it's at "me thinks thou doth protest too much" levels. And it's usually attributed to good common sense, liberal social views, a high standard of living/quality of life, and natural beauty.
ANYHOW... that conversation eventually turned into one about how little Americans know about the outside world. And my mother, who relatively recently stayed in New York City for a few weeks and has a sister in San Antonio, Texas, said (paraphrasing, but almost verbatim):
"It's terrifying how closed off from the rest of the world you feel when you're down there. There's no mention of anywhere else in the news, unless it's a war, and - what's even more troubling - there's no interest. My sister said the only way to keep from becoming isolated and close-minded is to have family outside, like in Canada, and stay in touch with them. Otherwise all you could possibly know is your little corner of America. The world, for them, it's just so small."