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Though I did not attend I am fairly certain the Civil War was fairly polarizing. To say nothing of the aftermath. (Or reconstruction depending on geography )

Best I can tell, the Magic Café wasn't around in the 1860s.
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To those who didn't click the link I gave in response to Lobo, it was to an event in 1856. I don't think that the Magic Café is polarizing America, nor do I think that this is the first time America has been so polarized, nor do I think that America is the most polarized it has ever been.

But polarized it is.

It's interesting that one of our missing members is not American, but still managed to get sentenced for a month or two for annoying Americans. Being annoyed by someone shouldn't mean asking someone to go away. But I don't believe we are allowed to talk about involuntary vacations.

I'm exhausted, because it's the second week of the semester and I'm always exhausted when the semester starts. Part of my job is to teach people something called "Landeskunde", which is impossible to translate. It means something like "knowing what a country is like". I'm supposed to teach kids what America is like.

What would y'all like me to teach them?
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Tolerance, accountability, respect and empathy ... which are all fast disappearing from America.
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Stone I think the most important thing to teach is just what a diverse place physically, economically, and ethnically the country is. That's probably the biggest thing that sets us apart from most other countries, certainly the European ones. At the same time, the amount of intellectual and political opinion considered "mainstream" is considerably more narrow than in Europe.
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On Apr 22, 2015, stoneunhinged wrote:

I'm exhausted, because it's the second week of the semester and I'm always exhausted when the semester starts. Part of my job is to teach people something called "Landeskunde", which is impossible to translate. It means something like "knowing what a country is like". I'm supposed to teach kids what America is like.

What would y'all like me to teach them?


An observation from North of the Medicine Line. Americans possess an energy unlike anything I've experienced anywhere else in the world. Americans (to over-generalize, I know) seem to believe in the "American Dream" to the core of their existence. They can do anything and can see no reason not to.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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I agree Magnus. The work ethic is excellent. Also, speaking as a five or six times visitor, hospitality and friendliness.
That's speaking from a tourists point of view, but it does appear to be genuine.
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