Well my existence in Costa Rica is hitting its midway point, and my sentiments about this are mixed. By now I have grown accustomed to the culture and am constantly comparing and contrasting what I know of my own home with this place. In my opinion it takes keen insight to not only to observe the cultural trends and opinions, but more so understand the reasons and causes of these beings. For example before coming to Costa Rica, I had read about the slower pace of life and tranquil attitudes held by the Costa Rican people, and while having lived here I have noted how nothing is held with a serious sense of urgency and have even had conversations with Ticos about the American people’s desire for excess and constant urge for upgrading. While I had never considered myself an outright American patriot, I will admit to having a new found pride for my country. First of all, yes the U.S. is wealthy and in turn this as spurred luxury and waste from the population, but while this is the negative aspect we must consider the positive, that which is the ideal held in America that hard work will raise you. No matter what ethnicity or station you can improve your living, while this is not as simple or easy as it is stated I notice that this ethic has driven the U.S. in productivity and accomplishment, in comparison here in Costa Rica whether it be from littering of trash to lack of school work, the people are not nearly as motivated to “make things happen” as you would say. The proficiency of many things is lacking in certain aspects when compared to what I am used to in the U.S. Another thing is the dejection of anything made inside Costa Rica by its people, granted this is not in total true about all things, but for example whether it be film, music, or style the people here welcome all foreign markets and modes. This is a prime example of beautiful globalization, but in a negative side I see taco bells and mcdonalds all over the place. I find it hard to listen to someone criticize my own culture of excess when , being the most economically stable and well off in Central America, Costa Rica openly welcomes these same modes of living that we indulge in in the states. This in turn just goes to clarify for me the cycle of commercialism and the workforce, one works to profit benefiting oneself and the economy surrounding , but in turn the fruits of your success are turned on you by your own beneficial state : i.e. laziness, greed, and self centered ignorance of the situations of others less fortunate. It’s a cycle, and I feel the only way to undermine the negativity is to be conciencious of its contributing factors.
esta es la vida