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Like the parable of the blind men and the elephant, our individual worldviews are molded by our life's experiences from birth. Those experiences can be first hand and direct, or more indirect from what media outlets feed us, and not to exclude Hollywood movies that are exported all over the world. At one time many Europeans defined Americans as depicted in our western movies of the Wild West. I suppose now the stereotype of the "American tourist" plays on their minds.
Most Americans have not ventured very far from their place of birth...maybe the next city or an adjacent state...and even more seldom outside of America. So yes their views are parochial based on what affects their lives on a daily basis. They don't know or care about Europe or the rest of the world because it just doesn't affect them. They are too busy coping with their work and the day-to-day demands of our society. So yes the word "ignorance" fits them as to their views and understanding of the rest of the world, but is that a flaw of our education system or a product of what affects us individually?
Within America you will find considerable cultural, religious, racial, ethnic and political diversity of worldviews. Furthermore, the diversity is both geographical and generational. Yes we are not always tolerant of each other, particularly when it comes to politics and religion, but putting those two "dividers" aside, underneath you'll find some pretty good generous Americans. My staunch Republican neighbors took care to help my wife when I was in the hospital recently for a week (and afterward while I was at home recovering). She didn't ask...they cut the grass and otherwise enquired about my welfare.
My wife and I highly valued our cultural experiences of living and traveling in various overseas locations from the age of 25 onwards. We did not judge them...we learned from them and adapted our lifestyles to theirs...where we shopped, the food we ate, how we traveled, who we socialized with. Living in Libya, the young Libyan boy who took care of our yard liked to tell us "Libyan jokes" to practice his English, but the problem was he couldn't get out the punch line before he started laughing so hard. It was our first exposure to Islam and rituals like daily calls to prayer. I admit to finding much of it strange at the time, but I was also wanting to learn. We still have a copy of the Qu'ran compliments of Gaddafi printed in two languages. I have actually referred to it from time to time, particularly in comparing Christianity to Islam.
In my travels in Russia, I met Boris through my company. We went on a field trip with a bunch of their colleagues. Boris got drunk on too much vodka and said he wanted to box me...all in good nature. He said I had the shoulders of a boxer. It was all in fun, but it helped mold my views of Russians, not only of Boris but so many of the other Russians I met. If you want to get to know the Russians, you need to drink vodka with them. If you want to know the British, you spend time drinking pints of bitter with them in a pub. The point I am making is that there is good in most every person if you take the time to look for it and not be judgmental. Life is too short to be continually critical of "the other".