Understanding American Worldview

I have read Dr. Ingramís article and it is clear to me as an immigrant that the Doctor has done extensive research on the subject and presents the argument clearly and easy for everyone to understand. Some of his findings and ideas are great but practically impossible to implement when immigrants first arrive in a new Country. It does however offer guidelines and opens a dialogue.

Some of my observations:

 The individualís wishes, needs and aspirations are more important than the groups. While this is true in most cases individualism is looked upon as important it is also well understood that power comes from being a united group.

Saving for the future. I found (and these are only my observations) that the average American relies on life insurances Social Security and other benefits given by companies they work for other then saving for the future or the old age while they are young and fully employed. Americans live for the present, consequently at retirement some are unable to preserve the same lifestyle they are used of. The immigrants, Italian especially, live their lives always with an eye to the future and provide financial security for the old age. 

Should a young woman move to another state for a better job. This would have been unacceptable for our generation and somewhat unacceptable for the second generation. but it has not stopped some of them from doing so. The third generation (grandchildren) can and do move away after better jobs or to attend better schools with the blessings of first-generationís grandparents. 

Being able to discuss the advantages of your different worldviews might go a long way to bridging the gaps in discourse. I believe wholeheartedly in this statement. Only it is very hard to practice when one first arrives in a new Country, primarily because of language barrier.

The immigrant does not have to decide to adopt American worldviews to live in America (assimilation); nor does one have to hold rigidly to the culture of origin (rejection). This is as true as there are immigrants in America. Immigrants have adapted a way of life of assimilation while keeping their culture alive. They (we) span both culture every day.

In conclusion: Except for the few comments I have made Dr. Ingram has written a well thought out and understandable article.

 Delia Skidmore