Do places like the State of Arizona have a unique personality like a person does? The best way to guess is to look for core values. What do you think the core values of Arizona are?
I’d say the core Blue value of human harmony may occur among subgroups like families and certain communities like Tucson, but the Arizona’s rep for Blue approachability, diplomacy, diversity, and idealism ranks low in the whole U.S.
Green values too might be average at best. All-important Green knowledge and competence should come from a strong educational system, multiple hi-tech industries, and spirited dialog among political groups. Arizona continues to struggle in those areas.
Gold and Orange predominate in the Grand Canyon State. Both Gold and Orange values reflect hands-on, concrete, can-do characteristics.
Gold is all about responsibility and logistics – doing the right thing and recognizing that there might be an appropriate place for everyone and everything. When you enter Arizona, you can’t help but notice that even mother nature seems overly organized, as if even the distance between cacti were preordained. The colors between sky and mountain and canyon and wash could only have been conceived by a god specializing in logistics. The cities are clean and spacious, the roads and signage designed for excellent flow, the walls relatively free of graffiti. Government at all levels seems more user-friendly than counterparts in places like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Part of Arizona’s Goldness is its political conservatism — a joy for those who relish tradition; a burden for progressives.
Orange screams all values associated with personal freedom. Arizona may have the fewest laws preventing folks from doing what they want and the fewest law enforcement officers nosing into folks’ personal affairs. If you crave personal independence and privacy, Arizona is for you. If you are a gunslinger or an outrageous artist, Arizona might be the haven for you.
Yes, places have their own personality. Come to Arizona and enjoy its spectrum of Gold, then Orange, then Green, then Blue.