Have you had that conversation recently, one where this line pops up: "I know you're busy - everybody is these days - but"? I know I use that line sometimes, and generally I accept that this is simply the situation: everyone is busy.
Simply the fact that I am accustomed to people saying this, and that often it doesn't bother me much, is probably one indication that I've acclimated too much to U.S. culture. I mean, I understand that we all have obligations, and that we want to use our time well. But I often fall into the trap of thinking that "busy" is acceptable, good, or a sign of a productive life.