I'd like to launch a discussion about the superiority of Europe over all other continents combined, but I think in actual fact we probably are slightly less than as awesome as the combined awesomeness of all the other continents.
They win because they have Antarctica. Seriously, fuck those penguins for being so cool.
There is one field where we really ARE better than all the other continents combined, and I'm glad to say it's the most important field there is.
Is it science? No, there's plenty of cool stuff going on in Canada, the US and the Far East. CERN goes a long way, though.
Is it economy? No, China owns our butts, and it also owns all of our competition.
Philosophy? As much as I'd like to argue that we rule supreme in this field, it's not as if India, Persia (I'm going by the historical term because I'm talking about historical Persia), the Midlle-East and China (and Russia, if you don't consider it European; I do, though) didn't have some basic stuff worked out well enough to out-compete some of our (seemingly) "more advanced" stuff, and I say this when I don't even know very much at all about non-European philosophy; just that they were really, really good at figuring some things out.
Space exploration? No, I suppose I'd have to concede that NASA is king, and besides, the ESA wouldn't be the most important space agency even if NASA suddenly disappeared: some countries have gone far enough to compete with us if they co-operate.
The arts? I'd say we kick everybody's ass when it comes to literature, but I don't tend to like European movies (except some real pearls, like Downfall
or The Lives of Others
for German examples). As for paintings, sculpture and architecture, I'm not very into those fields.
I suppose if I had to name a favourite in every field, my favourite artist in each field would be:
- director: probably James Cameron,
- writer: Terry Pratchett,
- sculptor: I don't care enough to have a favourite,
- architect: Whoever designed the Taj Mahal
- painter: I dunno, William Blake?
So that gives 2 out of five by the best measure ever (asking me), so I guess we're kind of tied with the rest of the world in the field of artistic expression.
So, in which field DO we reign supreme over the combined might of all the other continents (including Antarctica)? Remember, it's the most important field of accomplishment there is.
We rule at football, hands down.
OK, so South America has about as many gold medals as we do.
What if you count all the medals combined?
What continent produced the top-3 of this year's Wolrd Cup?
We did, 'cause we're awesome where it counts.
EDIT: Spelling and grammar: not where it counts.
edited 19th Oct '10 10:22:27 AM by BestOf
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