Visting Detroit by Rob Moss Part 4
Visiting America can be a truly uplifting and pleasurable experience. It is the land of milk and honey, where the streets are paved with gold and everyone gets a fair chance to prosper and succeed. Migrants have been arriving for centuries, from all corners of the globe. Buy into the American dream and you too, can take your place on the gravy train to a modern day Utopia - a consumer heaven - a veritable Shangri La of goods, Gods and guns (for your own protection of course).
Trans continental virgin visitors are usually impressed by the size and splendour of the cities, monuments and entertainment citadels at their disposal, and the general efficiency, vibrancy and friendliness of the people. Everything in excess… easy access …success, success, success. But, it's not as perfect as it initially appears. Closer scrutiny, and a scratch beneath the veneerial surface, finds a shallowness of spirit and a poverty of purpose among the kinfolk that belies the over confidence most Americans exude. Conversation tends to be on a relatively banal and limited level, mainly because most Americans are frighteningly unaware of almost anything that goes on outside of their borders…and that includes Canada. Far too many Americans tend to be globally oblivious, insular and parochial. No wonder their armed forces have such trouble policing the rest of the world. A local female singer, well known to rare soul followers, ventured deep into the wisdom wasteland by enquiring why performers couldn't take the train to Britain, and seemed genuinely shocked when news of the Atlantic Ocean reached her...
note from the soul source team - sorry but all Robs non-current articles are now clipped due to a future book release - watch out for news of that!