In the thread debating whether police used excessive force in one incident, xxChrisxx made the following observation: I'll invite him to clarify and expand if he wants, but the reason I'm starting this thread is because I think there's something to this. The Europeans I've come into contact with seem overall to be more alive in the moment and less preoccupied with authority/regulations. Is that just because the ones I encounter are on vacation? Or are Americans becoming the new Germans? I can think of a lot of things that might have contributed to a sort of robotization of America, so if we have become slightly robotic we might trace the reasons. Say anything you like. It's all about the opinions, impressions, anecdotes.