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Americans Fly Blind in Forming a Worldview

November 09, 2002

Re "Say So Long to Serendipity," Commentary, Nov. 3: Thank you for the new view on the contradictory liaison between the average American's ignorance and illusive omniscience. I am now a student at Biola University in La Mirada, but I spent my entire life and school career in Germany as an American/German dual citizen. I have been somewhat surprised, but even more disappointed, at the unawareness with which most Americans, in this Information Age, respond to anything outside their own little world.

Don't get me wrong. Germans are not much better. They are fed Hollywood's TV shows like "Baywatch," "Beverly Hills 90210" and "Friends" and think that these are the American way of life and that U.S. citizens follow those stereotypes. But I think that a significant predicament in our society today is the ignorance of the true issues and foundations upon which worldviews are built. We are ready to accept and agree to the aspects of reality that fit in with our own personal views on life, but we do not leave any room to expand our horizons and critically analyze the world around us in pursuit of truth and reality.

Christina A. Wollin

La Mirada

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