Americanization – Old Ideas; New Concepts

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Halloween brings out the spooks and lunatics in hordes.  I, of course, feel the need to participate in this pagan holiday that is a testimony to Americanism.  Is Americanism a word?  It should be.  So many things exist in the global atmosphere in a pure and innocent form before being transformed by Americans into a Western concept.  Americans take the old and reinvent them, or Americanize them.  This process doesn’t make it better or worse, but it is seen by the rest of the world as gold because it has been transformed by the mightiest touch.

Dia del Muerto started with the South American celebration of their ancestors and changed to a “trick or treat”.  Americanizing isn’t all bad; after all, getting free candy because you dressed up as your favorite cartoon character is harmless fun.  Only in America would children be granted the freedom to roam the streets at dusk, gathering candy from complete strangers.  Americanization.

When you get older, Americanized Halloween still comes with tricks and treats.  October 31st is always a good excuse to drink and be merry.  Americanization is just another excuse for American behavior to remain in an unconventional, juvenile state of existence.  This doesn’t mean Americanization isn’t clever.  It’s confounding and bewildering to see this young nation Americanize almost everything and make it successful.  It’s a mix of youthful belligerence and perseverance, which gives the U.S. it’s mighty touch.

From lead and iron comes gold and copper.

Americanization.

That’s what makes the U.S. turn.

Americanization can turn a spiritual holiday like Dia del Muerto into a fun night of horrors.  It can influence world markets with a national economic recession.  It can be the youngest global power and the most powerful, at the same time.  America is full of odd contradictions, which makes life here interesting and lively, even if it’s not Halloween.

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