Hey, you didn't answer the question(s)!
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1)...History, both personal and wider, makes a difference to an individual's world view. Although we endeavour to take a more detached view of our respective societies, we have still been shaped by them.
2) ...Although I do hope that you don't expect to reach the summit anytime soon! I have a feeling that we've barely made it past Base Camp!:
3) ... How do you remember dreams?
* Do only humans possess this ability for free will?
* If not, what other animals are capable of free will. Where in the kingdom of life on earth do you draw the free will line?
Mmmmm? Do I detect puzzlement over these question? And, wow, such a quick reply. We usually wait months and months to hear from you. Like an old friend coming to visit.
1) Many folks here would get a kick out of you saying that I'm American. My mother especially!
I really don't see any real difference between Europe and America. Heck, I see the only significant difference in how humans see things, paradigm wise, lies between the West (including India) and the far East - though even that pertains to the paradigm, and not the 'reality of humanity'.
The largest difference I've notice lies between individuals, whether they be Swedish, Thai, Japanese, English...(some of the places I live and worked). I found people to have two 'personalities', who they really are, and their social personality they express when they are with their countrymen.
2) Maybe we are at the summit, been there all along, but don't realize it because we are expecting the view to be different that what we are seeing.
3) I don't usually, though I find some of my deepest understandings :idea: bubble up out of sleep.