I feel like in America more than any other place I visit people have the knack for replacing reality with their own construction. This can be both good and bad, but it is a curious part of the culture here. Facts don’t matter, and people are seemingly blind to the whole truth or part of it, in order to stick to their own reality and view of events or the world. When this power is put to good use, it is great, but often it actually hinders progress and self development. Watch any talent show for example, and specially in America you find these people who are terrible at what they do, but are convinced that they are awesome, and that the judges are wrong. However, put this own reality in an intelligent person who is against the odds, and more than in any other country in the world, they can go on to achieve something unbelievable.