August 24, 2009

Friends without friendship
Americans are friendly because they just can't help it; they like to be neighbourly and want to be liked. However, a wise traveller realises that a few happy moments with an American do not translate into a permanent commitment of any kind. Indeed, permanent commitments are what Americans fear the most. This is a nation whose fundamental social relationship is the casual acquaintance.

From the Xenophobes Guide to the Americans and the reason I think Facebook has become such a success

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