Solid Snake wrote:@ LRM
L'Amérique est peut-être aujourd'hui sur le déclin ( tout relatif ) mais des personnes comme G.Lucas, S.Spielberg, F.F.Coppolla, Robert E. Howard, I.Asimov, F.Herbert, Howard P.Lovecraft, ... ( la liste est très/trop longue ) vivront longtemps dans la mémoire collective.
I thought it interesting, Solid Snake, that you mention people who have mostly been pioneers on the world of entertainment. But what about the real scientists, mathematicians, and inventors who made possible the contributions of those you have named? Where is the modern day Eli Whitney, Henry Ford, Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Jonas Salk, et al? That's what I'm worried about here -- the dumbing down of America. Over the last several years it seems to have become bad, or wrong, or even unpatriotic to be intelligent in America. Do people from other parts of the world also feel the same way about their countries?
By the way, my only trip to France occurred a few years ago, when I visited Paris. I had a wonderful time. I found the city to be one of the most beautiful I've ever seen, and the people were uniformly friendly, helpful, and courteous. I think all you have to do is make a little effort, wherever you visit. Learn a few phrases in the native language, be nice to your "hosts," and you'll usually find they'll be nice to you. I've been to several places around the globe, and I've found this approach to work for me. Lou, I'm not saying that you didn't do this, just that this has been my experience. Also, I live in somewhat of a tourist area, and I go out of my way to be helpful to the tourists I encounter at home. I like where I live, and I want others to like it, too.