America is not just independent. America is very independent.
Is it something to do with the personalities of its people and/or its leaders?
Honey and Mumford reckoned people have four different ways of learning (often called ‘learning styles’):
• Activists just get on and ‘do it’ – acting first, considering consequences later;
• Reflectors observe and analyse – slow to reach conclusions;
• Theorists think logically – fitting things into a pattern; and
• Pragmatists put ideas into practice – shunning endless discussion.
Is America very independent, because Americans have a preponderance of particular learning styles?
Were the people who left Europe and sailed the high seas, more likely to be Activists? (Who else would cross the Atlantic under sail with no guarantee of success, and no likelihood of ever returning?) If so, can this pass down the generations?
What learning style do you need to become President, given that you can only run for office if you have substantial personal wealth?
Does this have any relevance to the conduct of international relations, where different peoples learning styles can come into conflict?
Does it even have a bearing on America’s foreign policy?
What do you think? Of course how you approach this question, may just be coloured by your own learning style . . . . .
Happy Independence Day, USA and The World!