It drove me to think independently, not to be a robot to technology. Also, it drove me to fight back, to not allow people to be comfortable in their denials. Allowing mediocrity to destroy America is not patriotic. Not all members of the military are patriots. I learned that when my Uncle was allowed to die by walking in front of a Train. Another family member, a politcician, justified by saying he wasn't a family man.
In Europe you can talk about dataveillance more aggressively than in the US