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Sunday, October 10, 2010

I have a suggestion

In Japanese the US is called アメリカ合衆国.
アメリカ means "America".
国 refers to "country".
What is interesting is that 合衆 means "united people" instead of "united states."
Although it's different from the original meaning of the name,
I consider "united people" more suitable than "united states".
In the past, separated states used to be almost sovereign.
However, when I think of today's US, "the diversity of people" seems to have greater meaning than "states."

Which do you prefer "united people" or "united states"?
Please do not answer this way ' "united states" because it's hard to change a country's name brabrabra...'
Forget about everything but today's US situation and decide your choice.


  1. I would pick "United people". While i can't see this ever happening becuase i've become very attached to the name "United States" :P

  2. Thanks for sharing your opinion.

  3. I actually am in the United States, and I had to look up some sort of foreign blog for a class I'm taking. When I saw this post, I really had to chime in. It was just too perfect.

    I don't see the US as a particularly united people. As recent as the 1960s there was huge societal upheaval over race, specifically blacks. Currently, even, Hispanic people are having a rough time of it. I don't really see us as that united of a people, sadly. Pick any topic of discussion, from our current war in Iraq to state of our educational system to appropriate names for children, and you're going to have as many viewpoints as you have people in the room. I don't know enough about Japan to say that Japan is different. All I know is that the last time the US was fully supportive of something was WWII, to my knowledge. Our most popular presidents never have more than maybe 60% of the population, and our most recent and current presidents average at much less than that.
    If I had to pick a name, I'd probably go with the United States. I find them to be more united than the people are. Even though states have some separate laws, (such as the legality of the death penalty for serious crimes,) generally the states agree on most things. This wasn't true in 1861-1865, I realize, due to the Civil War, but in modern America, things are rather united. States also recognize anything other states do as legitimate. There are no state policemen stopping out-of-state Americans on the roadside and sending them home due to a lack of that specific state's driver's license. No one really thinks of themselves as a New Yorker or California above being an American.

    So in summary: United States, without a doubt.

    Hopefully that all made sense. Feel free to ask me about anything I said.

  4. [I had to look up some sort of foreign blog for a class I'm taking.]
    I'm glad to hear that this blog can be your help.

    [I don't know enough about Japan to say that Japan is different.]
    The majority of the Japanese have strong tendency to assimilate into the most dominant ideas. It is highly possible that they simply don't want to make decisions by themselves - the abandonment of the freedom of speech.

    [the United States. I find them to be more united than the people are. ]
    Thanks for sharing your opinion. Do you expect the situation to change in the future? or are you pessimistic about the solidarity of people?

  5. It was a great help, so thank you.

    Is that so? Americans are ridiculously right-focused, often times to our own detriment. For example, our Constitution would not have been put into place if the "Bill of Rights", a document highlighting specific rights such as the freedom of speech, was not added soon after. Each year, we spend millions or billions of US dollars on lawsuits in which someone feels that their rights were violated.

    You're welcome. I don't know that America will ever be unified in more than one or two areas. The most we ever agree on explicitly are very general statements, such as "an individual should have the right to express themselves". The implementation of this belief, however, is a very different matter. And judging from my experience with American history, and my life experience (which is not a lot, I must confess), I don't see it changing. It's been that way from the beginning and will continue to be that way, I fear.
    I suppose you could say I'm a realistic optimist. I hope for the best, but know that "the best" is likely only going to be "the decent".

  6. Thanks for the insightful comment.

    I can see the nature of your country in it.
    Everybody tries to maximize one's profit by claiming rights, and that's what drives the country forward.
    People have no choice but to continue claiming.
    This is because there' no guarantee that the others will stop claiming too when he/she stops claiming.