Comparing and Contrasting American Life and German Life
Americans and Germans have a lot in common. German is a small nationthat is dense population while America is a large nation and denselypopulated. The advances in technology lead to differences in the twocountries. In the past years, German has recorded a rapid changecompared with America. The paper will contrast life in America andlife in German.
There is the difference of democracy. In America, voters elect theirleaders. The leaders with more than 50% of the total votes aredeclared the winners. In Germany, they mix proportional and majoritysystems to ensure that proportion of parliamentary seats are the sameas the percentage of voters supporting a specific party(Posada-Carbó,39). The system also allows representation of localregions. In Germany, parties have more power as they are the one whodecides which members will be elected. However, Americans useCongress persons who are free and independent. The parties do notdecide which leaders are to be elected. There is the difference offreedom and security. Americans do not appreciate both freedom andsecurity at a go. Rather, they argue that anyone who is willing tominimize freedom at the expense of having security should be deniedboth. On the other hand, Germans prefer having both freedom andsafety. In America, the freedom of speech is low since you can besued at any time, which would be costly. Germans enjoy the freedom ofspeech since you can be sued for valid reasons.
There is the difference of nationalism. In America, they demonstratepatriotism in every event, and institutions sing the national anthemdaily. The anthem praises the "the greatest nation on earth"which is paradoxical considering the gap between the government andinstitutions. On the other hand, loving German means to love itscultural system, economic and cultural systems (Hauseret al., 39). It is also considered wrong to wearclothes indicating they are proud of German. However, this changed in2016 world cup, where German national flag could be seen everywhere.There is also technological difference. America has adverse intechnology compared to Germany. Counting the number of televisions,cars, and computers, they are far from German. In addition, they havedeveloped technological systems in military department, exploration,and biotechnology. On the other hand, German is much behindconcerning technological development. They do not try innovationswithout enough reasons. Technologies are expensive in German than inAmerica.
There are few similarities between the two countries. Both countrieshave a federal government, and the ruling parties are theRepublicans. In addition, the two countries have the highest grossdomestic products with America leading in the world with a GDP of18.1 trillion while German is the third in the world with a GDP of3.2 trillion. In addition, citizens from America and Germany workhard to make a better future. Due to large economic growth in the twocountries, the living standards are high, and citizens strive toimprove it. Both countries have invested in providing better healthcare services and improving the infrastructure. However, the twocountries face challenges of overcrowding, house crisis and frequentattack from terrorists.
In conclusion, German and America are superpower countries. They haveseveral differences among them. The differences range from,political, economical to social life. The form of governance andcultural diversity lead to the many differences. Life in German isrelaxed and enjoyable compared to life in America where everyone isalways busy and in a hurry. They also have few similarities like thehigh gross domestic level, high populations and face similarchallenges like housing crisis and terror attacks.
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