Hello to you. How are you? It’s 5:59 am here as I begin to write to you. I’m doing really well and it’s because my heartspace feels alive, feels warm and activated! It’s of course in part to waking up to a loving husband, our dogs and our in-laws dogs and all the blessings and gifts of having this home and my health. It’s also the dreams I had last night and this morning that I’m referring to as a “two-parter.”
The first part was very vivid but brief.
It was about being outside in the dark and hearing weird, low level noises and seeing three round objects in the sky. They flew down towards me but they were transparent, barely visible. I could sense/hear them more than actually see them. Their sound and energy was louder than you could visibly see them. There was a pressure change too like when you are in an airplane and your ears pop. There was an energy fluctuation sound I sometimes hear at night (heard last night as a matter of fact) – like what happens when someone walks in the room but you can’t actually see the person who walked in.
I woke up and went into my closet to write down this dream. Kyle and the dogs all got up. I went back to bed. As I lay there, I prayed and talked with the God of my understanding. As I did so, I felt an incredible warmth and loving feeling in my heart and gradually fell back to sleep.
I dreamt I saw boats in a mist by water that were floating above the water by some effect going on around an island. I was with people going to meet aliens that were energy beings. I remember being in a waiting room playing with a red spaceman toy. I was moving it with my mind without actually touching it. The rule was when we met them we couldn’t touch them because they were energy beings. You could be with them with your thoughts as they are telepathic. You can share with each other without physical contact.
What’s interesting about the aliens in my dreams is how it parallels what it can be like if you are a highly sensitive person (HSP), an empath, autistic or someone who is adverse to physical contact. Sometimes being someone who is in these categories and others similar to them can make you feel like an alien, an outsider, different, odd, weird….the “other.” As human beings it’s sometimes difficult to find the balance between “energy” and tangibility…tactability. After all we are energy bound in a suite of flesh! It’s sometimes difficult to harness the desire to physically interact with the people, places, and other living beings and things that inhabit our world without being a violation or harm to them.
What comes to mind is thinking about when I was stationed in Germany. When was there I participated in many tours offered by our Morale, Welfare and Recreation folks on base. There was a term that often came up on these tours and it was “the ugly American.” This reference was to how Americans in foreign countries behaved. When they were told not to touch things, they touched them. When they were told not to cross a security barrier that was meant to preserve a historical object or room, they inevitably crossed the line and had to be scolded out. They talked when tour guides were talking. Those types of things….just rude.
A little bit about the term and it’s origin and a couple of videos:
Ugly American (pejorative)
“Ugly American” is a pejorative* term used to refer to perceptions of loud, arrogant, demeaning, thoughtless, ignorant, and ethnocentric behavior of American citizens mainly abroad, but also at home. Although the term is usually associated with or applied to travelers and tourists, it also applies to U.S. corporate businesses in the international arena.
The term was used as the title of a 1948 photograph of an American tourist in Havana by the Cuban photographer Constantino Arias (see infobox above), but seems to have entered popular culture as the title of a 1958 book by authors William Lederer and Eugene Burdick. In 1963, the book was made into a film directed by George Englund and starring Marlon Brando.
The best-selling, loosely fictional account provided contrasting characters with different approaches to opposing Communist influence in Southeast Asia, and the use of foreign aid in particular. The majority of the Americans exhibit a range of blundering, corrupt, and incompetent behaviors, often concentrating on impractical projects that will serve more to benefit American contractors than the local population. A minority are effective because they employ knowledge of the local language and culture, but most of these are marginalized and some even considered suspect. As a result, their influence is more limited than it should be.
The title character, Homer Atkins, is introduced late in the book. He is “ugly” only in his physical appearance. Perversely, Atkins embodies the opposite traits from the pejorative traits now popularly associated with the term “Ugly American.” Atkins’ unattractive features, rough clothing and dirty hands are contrasted with the bureaucrats’ freshly pressed clothes, clean fingers, and smooth cheeks. Their behaviors have the opposite contrast: Atkins cares about the people of southeast Asia and wants to help them create practical solutions to their everyday problems; the bureaucrats want to build highways and dams that are not yet needed, and with no concern for the many other projects that will have to be completed before they can be used. The book led to a move by President Dwight Eisenhower to study and reform American aid programs in the region.
In the book, a fictional Burmese journalist wrote, “For some reason, the people I meet in my country are not the same as the ones I knew in the United States. A mysterious change seems to come over Americans when they go to a foreign land. They isolate themselves socially. They live pretentiously. They’re loud and ostentatious. Perhaps they’re frightened and defensive, or maybe they’re not properly trained and make mistakes out of ignorance.”
The idea of the ignorant or badly behaving American traveler long predates this book. Mark Twain wrote about The Innocents Abroad in the nineteenth century, and Algonquin Round Table member Donald Ogden Stewart wrote Mr and Mrs Haddock Abroad in 1924.
The term has also been widely used in the international sporting arena. At the 33rd Ryder Cup held in September 1999, the United States zealously celebrated after Justin Leonard holed a 45-foot putt on the 17th green, resulting in extensive and adverse media coverage.
Later, at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the term was widely used after members of the US 4 x 100 relay team pranced around the stadium, flexing their muscles and making poses with the American flag, after winning a gold medal. One foreign journalist called the incident “one of the most cringe-making exhibitions that the Olympics has seen”. This event was very heavily criticized by the American press and public. The members of the relay team were contrite and apologized for the incident the same day. Then, at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, the term was regularly used after the skiing superstar Bode Miller, who bragged about skiing drunk before the Olympics, was adversely compared to the term “Miller time“, and went home with no medals. A lesser-known teammate was sent home for fighting in a bar.
In tennis, the term was used at the 1987 Davis Cup against West Germany for unsportsmanlike conduct. John McEnroe was regularly cited in the media as being an “Ugly American” for his on-court tantrums and off-court negative comments about London and Paris. In contrast, Andre Agassi who early in his tennis career was labeled a “potential ugly American”, managed to transform himself into a crowd favourite. In women’s tennis, Serena Williams‘s outburst at the 2009 US Open semifinal against Kim Clijsters, reiterated the “Ugly American” label.
After the United States women’s national soccer team lost to Sweden in the quarterfinals of women’s football of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil, Hope Solo called the Swedish team cowards unleashing multiple Twitter references associating her with this term. At the same Olympics, Gold medalist Ryan Lochte was named the ugly American by media outlets after falsely reporting a robbery at gunpoint during the tournament. Local police investigation showed that he and fellow swimmers in fact caused damage to a petrol station in Rio and were demanded to pay for the damage.
In May 2008, the US House sub-committee passed a bill (House Resolution 4080) that would allow more foreign fashion models to work in the United States, and was subsequently dubbed the “ugly American bill”. George W. Bush was often referred to as “The Ugly American” in part because of his stance on foreign policies. In 2007, Presidential hopeful John McCain outlined a series of measures to roll back Bush policies and counter the “ugly American” image.
The “ugly American” tourist stereotype has been heavily depicted on films such as Sheriff J.W. Pepper in The Man with the Golden Gun, the Griswald family in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and Ralph Jones in King Ralph.
The 2004 film EuroTrip was originally slated to be named “The Ugly Americans” due to its depiction of stereotypical American tourists in Europe. The producers changed the title shortly before its release.
A study carried out in 2002 revealed that Hollywood also contributes to the “Ugly American” image. The study found that the more access other countries had to American programs, the higher their negative attitudes toward Americans tended to be.
The movie Sex and the City 2 has been quoted as a typical portrayal of the “ugly American” image, where Samantha, one of four best girlfriends, makes fun of Middle Eastern culture and women in traditional dress.
*https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pejorative – learned new word
This article is incomplete.(February 2014)
A pejorative (also called a derogatory term, a slur, a term of abuse, or a term of disparagement) is a word or grammatical form expressing a negative connotation or a low opinion of someone or something, showing a lack of respect for someone or something. It is also used as criticism, hostility, disregard or disrespect. A term can be regarded as pejorative in some social or cultural groups but not in others. Sometimes, a term may begin as a pejorative and eventually be adopted in a non-pejorative sense (or vice versa) in some or all contexts.
Name slurs can also involve an insulting or disparaging innuendo, rather than being a direct pejorative. In some cases, a person’s name can be redefined with an unpleasant or insulting meaning, or be applied to a group of people considered by the majority to be inferior or lower in social class, as a group label with a disparaging meaning.
When a term begins as pejorative and eventually is adopted in a non-pejorative sense, this is called “melioration” in historical linguistics. It may also be called amelioration, reclaiming, or semantic change. Some examples of melioration are “punk“,”dude“, and “nerd“.
The Ugly American (1963, George Englund) – Trailer
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