Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations, transitions, and incorporations.
Americans do believe in progress and there is almost certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress, and nothing is impossible.
My academic identity is that of a folklorist, and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.
There is more to folklore research than fieldwork. This is why in all of my other upper-division courses I require a term paper involving original research.
Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.