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Theology That Bites Back
Friday, December 1, 2017 By Douglas Wilson
A Canadian journalist once said that while the U.S. is benevolently ignorant about Canada, Canadians are malevolently well informed about the U.S.!
My favorite is “You Canadian? I have a cousin in Toronto, Jack Smith. You know him?”
Once heard this from a comedian:
“Canada…it’s like America’s attic, we know it’s up there but we have no idea what’s in it and never go there.”
About drove off the road laughing.
EDIT: As quoted from a YouTube bit: “”Canada is like our attic. You forget it’s up there, but once you get up there, you’re like, ‘Wow, look at all this stuff!'”
I had a Canadian roommate who would get Deeply Offended by that sort of thing.
Yeah, someone please help Doug post images at a readable resolution!
One of my favorite Canadian Reformed Christian ministries that I’ve been so grateful to have come across is the Ezra Institute. They put out some great material and research.
I applaud Americans for diligently learning so much about their own country, but it does seem to be at the expense of a broader knowledge of geography.
“New Zealand! That’s in London isn’t it?”
Be fair, its usually, That’s part of Australia?
I did actually get the London comment once! But it was from a child so I guess I should be lenient, especially since my own US geography is pretty sketchy.
The Alaska-Yukon border is 141degreesWest while the NewSouthWales-Queensland/PapuaNewGuinea border is 141degreesEast. Is that a coincidence?
To be fair, Americans are in a fairly unique position in this regard. I could visit a new state every year for the rest of my life and probably die before I finished. You could spend a few days driving in europe and drive through half a dozen different dominant languages and new countries with complicated histories. In the States, it’s really quite difficult to do anything like that. Unless you live on one of our few land borders, you have virtually no natural reason in your lifetime to directly interact with other countries. That America is a major exporter… Read more »
My wife’s Danish relatives would come over to the US for a week and want to see the Grand Canyon, Empire State Building, The Rockies, and the ocean…they had no concept that Denmark would fit inside Texas.
Slight correction might need to be made here, just for mind-blowing effect. Denmark would actually fit inside of the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex.
Half of Europe would fit inside of Texas.
All done now…
We visited family one trip, decided to go from Copenhagen to Helsingor at the top of Sjaelland, they were amazed we’d drive so far. Took us less time than going to town (here in ranch country), might have been an hour. Found that amusing. Nice country though.
you have virtually no natural reason in your lifetime to directly interact with other countries.
Perhaps not. But why would you not want to?
It’s important to remember that US states are basically European countries.
Most Canadians know nothing about their own country — past and present.