This may sound unemphathetic but…
Can I maybe forget everything I know about the US?
Other countries seem so far away in my mind.
Why can’t I be as indifferent about the US as about Uganda or Luxemburg or Chile?
Why do I know propably more about the US than about my home country?
Why do I understand a musical about US history without problems, but don’t even know who my home country’s first president was?
Why do I know how the unbelievingly stupid US-election system works even though i can’t even vote there?
I want to know about as much about the US as I know about the rest of America: next to nothing except a few anecdotes about thanksgiving, that it’s earthquake and hurricane prone and that it has a racist, homophobic facist as “president”.
Where even is that country? I know it’s propably somewhere near Mexico. But where’s Mexico?
I want to watch the Oscars and not recognise anyone. Who’s this Hugh Jackman? Must be some national C-list-celebrity.
I want to think that New York is the Capitol because it’s the only City I saw in movies.
I want to think about college dept as the weird just-in-the-US-thing that it is.
Same with Hospital bills.
And guns in convenience stores.
And school shootings.
I want the world to forget about 9/11 like they already did, just a few weeks later, about the explosion in Beirut, Libanon. I’m disappointed in myself because I had to google where it was. 9/11 was almost two decades ago. The explosion was in August.
I don’t want to know who the 1st (George Washington) or 2nd (John Adams) or 26th (Theodore Roosevelt) or 35th (John F. Kennedy) president was. I’m actually sad that I didn’t had to google that.
I don’t want to know what POTUS and SCOTUS means.
I don’t want to care about how the US is doing in the fight against the pandemic.
I don’t want to care whether that one country stays in the WHO or UN or the Paris Climate accord.
I don’t want to care about who wins that election.
I don’t want to be scared for the lives of the Americans that I follow.
But I am.