Now, don't get me wrong, I am not trying to stereotype an entire nation, I am just reiterating what most of the mankind believe! Google search auto-suggestions throws much light into how Americans are perceived by everyone else.
Most people tend to believe that life in the US has been so cozy that the people there have stopped thinking. Fast food, television shows, Hollywood and sports are what their lives revolve around. No wonder, they just ain't bothered if Earth revolves around the Sun or vice-versa! Of course, belonging to the world's only super power is yet another factor that leads to complacency. If it requires just a button press to get a can of coke, to switch channel from MTV to CNN, shouldn't a button press be enough to deal with the enemies even if the are half-way across the world ? After all what are US ' awe-inspiring weaponry for if the average American was required to get involved in such situations ? Don't video games and Hollywood movies make it abundantly clear that fragging the bad guys is the only way to deal with them!
Coming back to the topic yet again, it seems India's urban middle class is hurtling in that direction. We are so accustomed to ATMs, instant coffee,2-minutes noodles and Twenty20 cricket that we start looking for similar, "quick and easy" solutions to almost every problem we face. No wonder, after every terror attack there is a great deal of clamor for stringent anti-terror law, as if a piece of legislation can on its own (like a magical incantation) eliminate all anti-national elements. Similarly calls for deployment of army and the air-force in Naxalite-affected districts, reflects unwillingness of the people to reflect on various aspects of the problem.
"Stupidity does not consist of absence of ideas. Such stupidity would be sweet, blissful stupidity of animals, mollusks and gods. Human stupidity consists in having lots of ideas but stupid ones" - Henry de Montherlant