America cannot be the pinnacle of European Civilisation, it is its own civilisation. If you have ever listened to John Lennon’s “Imagine”, I would draw your attention to the lines “Imagine there’s no countries \ It isn’t hard to do \ Nothing to kill or die for \ And no religion too”. Setting aside personal bias and the grammatical issues, and ignoring the jab at religion, let us consider what does and does not go into making a country:
- A country is not an arbitrary line placed somewhere on a map for shits and giggles, it is a geographical and historical entity with its own language, lore, and mythology, all of which define its people.
- A country, being a separate entity from any other country, has its own civilisation and ideals and neither can nor ought to try becoming the pinnacle of another civilisation, nor should it seek to make itself into the be all and end all of civilisation.
What America seems to forget, with its blind, nationalistic patriotism (and obnoxious patronising which just comes across as arrogant(!)), is that Europe has, for the most part, stood since long before America reared its head on the world stage. Europe may be in decline, but America should not think itself Europe’s replacement since such an attitude sells both short and buries America’s unique identity under a jigsaw of random “good qualities” from other civilisations tacked on to the face of America.
TL;DR, America is not Europe and should not try to be.