What Makes America Great

I have seen lots of presidential candidates for the 2020 election in the United States, and other people in the country, sometimes when they are talking about immigration, say the thing that makes America great is its diversity. One thing I love about my country is this diversity, but to call it what makes America great is quite a bit of a stretch to me. In my opinion, diversity isn’t what makes this country great, it is freedom. And I believe without freedom, there is no diversity.


“The poorest reason in the world for doing anything is that somebody else is doing it. Children have a name for the imitators; they call them a ‘copycat.’ But isn’t it a curious thing that the ‘copycat’ habit is almost universal among human beings? Most of us say the same things about newspapers, relatives, and sunsets that our friends do. We rise, sit, sleep, and eat as others do. And, whether consciously or unconsciously, one of the aims of our lives is not to be weird-that is, unlike others.

Isn’t it pitiful, how we so often conform: conform to style, to custom, to mode, to trend. And if we think about it, we come upon a curious anomaly. The world is actually crying out for originality (for something new under the sun) yet it slaps at it instantly when it raises its head.

No person is so unpopular as the one who begins to be unlike the rest. However, no person receives such rewards as the one who persists in it! Strange! All people seem to be in a conspiracy to curb originality, yet we also all laud and reward it — and then when the applause begins, we all begin trying to ape the originator.”

-Gardner Hunting