Have you ever noticed that people get insulted when you don’t like something they care about? It’s really irrational. Why should it matter that I don’t like what you like? You enjoy it, isn’t that enough? But no, they feel that since they like it, it must be right, and you’re wrong by not liking it. It gets even worse when you dislike a religion or country, or something that they take as a personal identifier. If you dislike something like that they see it as a personal attack.
I have decided that I want to leave the United States. My reasons are my own and I don’t need to explain them to you, but regardless, I want to leave. I’m also thinking about giving up my US citizenship. Does that piss you off? Why? Why should it?
Is it because of the cognitive dissonance? If you’ve been telling yourself, and hearing from others, that everyone loves it here, that everyone is dying to get in here, that this is the greatest place on earth, then yeah, I could see how somebody hating it and wanting to leave would make your brain hurt. People say “Love it or leave it”, well guess what, I’m leaving it! I think it’s funny how this takes them aback for a second. “Wh….what? You’re leaving?” Next comes sour grapes where the offended person tries to use ad hominem attacks. “How dare you leave! How ungrateful of you! How selfish! How un-American (like that’s a bad thing?)” So am I trapped in my own country? What’s the value of citizenship if I don’t have the freedom to leave?