Is the United States the world's most developed nation? The US ranks third in geographical size, and its population ranks third at approximately 300 million. The nation's economy is still at the top level for being a single nation. Entering into the 21st century, the U.S. claims to police other nations globally. As a nation that has experienced two world wars since the Great Depression, the central axis of the world shifted over from Europe to the United States. Although China is emerging as a rival nation, the U.S. is still the Pax Americana with its strong military, economy, vast land, and centralized language. The U.S. can be compared to England of the 19th and 20th century. Americans are not afraid to engage in war regardless of nation, continent, or political ideology if a nation imposes dictatorship or takes away human rights from its people. For example, the U.S. fought in wars like the Korean War or Vietnam War as representative of the capitalist country against socialistic powers. The war against Iraq was due to its determination that Saddam Hussein was a dictator. There were rightful actions that the U.S. took but there were also mistakes that our country has made. I ask myself again, "Is everything running well in our confident nation?" I don't think so. While pursuing college studies, I was able to turn my focus to the society, and there are many sociological phenomena which I am unfamiliar with that are rather inconvenient truths.
First of all, our ancestors committed huge mistakes. There is no earnest apology or admitting that the mistake was wrong. There is only an emphasis on the fact that Americans pioneered America, and that is the spirit that continues to go down the generation. Many sports teams, for example, use the term Native American, without educating what true meaning or the history of Native Americans mean. Thanksgiving Day is one of the biggest and most celebrated holidays in America.