It’s happening, everyone … the United States is not number one anymore. You might think that it’s an international conspiracy to undermine our national confidence. After all, we’re so good at so many things, like imprisoning people, handing out guns, and paying for tanks and jet fighters. Surely, there’s nothing that the United States doesn’t do better than anyone else. Alas, it just so happens that the rest of the world is catching up with us in more ways than one. Even our own publications are turning against us. Recently, US News and World Report ranked the United States number seven in the list of world’s best countries. Seven! From the way we fuel up in the mornings to the way we unwind at night, there are an increasing number of areas in which America simply can’t compete. Maybe it’s time that we, as a nation, start to acknowledge that fact. It’s a lot of pressure to always be number one. Wouldn’t it be so much easier to breathe a sigh of relief, accept that we’re running with the herd as opposed to at the head of it, and start importing some international ideas? Big and small, there are tons of ways we can learn from other nations around the world. Here are some examples.
You might think that Starbucks coffee is the best in the world (and it is pretty good stuff), but it’s not even close to the top. Most coffee aficionados would say that the best coffee in the world comes from Ethiopia, which brews some of the world’s tastiest (and most expensive) coffee beans.
Admittedly, America’s sweet tooth has helped us make some strides as international chocolatiers, we still don’t have anything on the Swiss chocolate game. Whether it’s high end confections from Teuscher in Zurich or Lindor chocolate from the immensely popular Lindt & Sprungli, the Swiss have everyone beat, hands down.