I have lived in the USA since about 2005 and have asked myself this question of the oefteren.And have they answered “yes” for me … Unabated from my own situation.
I was born and raised in Germany (about 24 years), have lived as an exchange student in France (1 year), have spent some time in Croatia/Serbia (about 1 year added), and have seen different other cultures in recent years. (about 80 people travelled).
If you want to answer the question, then you have to decide on what basis you would like to compare two countries with each other.A wide range of criteria can be used. Someone could say that it depends on how good a country is in sport. Someone else could say that it depends on how the public school system works. And so on.
In the end, it would be time to consider ALL criteria and then agree on how these criteria should be weighted.There are a lot of rankings, where countries such as Norway, Australia, Daenemark, Austria, and many other countries (including the USA and Germany) usually occupy the top places.
In my opinion, these rankings are somewhat misleading, as they mostly reflect averages, and try to answer something objectively that is actually not objective to answer.
As an example, I would like to say that Germany is a really great country and that Germans in general are very nice, helpful and highly educated people.The paradox, however, is that Germans are generally rather dissatisfied. There are, of fact, exceptions, but Thomas Gottschalk once said that the bad mood in Germany starts on a plane at LAX to Germany.
In my opinion, this has to do with the culture, which in itself is perfectionist in Germany and is somewhere in Calvinism (exceptions confirm the rule).You’re never satisfied and you always see what you could improve. As a result, the country itself is top, but you can’t really enjoy it because you look at how you could improve it.
That is what I would like to see in the United States, where it does not work at all corners and ends.The power cables are laid above ground, the school system is in the wrong, the health insurance is a lottery, and the like. However, the American is generally optimistic. Much more optimistic than the German, for example, without objectively having a reason. And in the world, I don’t know of any other ethnic group that is very optimistic.
The grudging is complex, but I’ve noticed among Americans that they don’t worry so much in general.While I wonder why I particularly liked a certain holiday resort, and then almost want to do an analysis, my American girlfriend doesn’t really care. Her answer was “Paradise or non-paradise? All I care about is whether I like it or not, I don’t need to know why I liked it”.
The prejudice that Americans are very superior often seems to be true, but this means that the American does not worry much on average.In my opinion, this means that you are a little more cheerful and optimistic.
That is why: yes, the United States is the best country in the world, because the prevailing culture means that the people here are, on average, optimistic, as I find anywhere else in the world.