The above question could be answered in many different ways. For some it could be a place of sanctuary. For others, it could be home. However, America is more than a country. It is a collection of ideas made up by all the different people living in the nation. How you view America all depends on where you come from and what you have experienced in your life.
For me, I think that America is seen as an influential and strong nation in the modern world. I think America is seen that way because they have a lot of allies around the world and they are also in high positions in international organizations like the UN and NATO for example. America is also influential in the sense that it can signify a better place for some people who have been chased out of their own countries and want to find a better or more peaceful place to live.
Thinking of America as a symbol rather than a nation could be a beacon of hope for some people while for others it could be a place to start afresh. There are some disadvantages to thinking about America as a symbol. An example is that one could become too easygoing and forget the challenges of the real world as well as the reality of life.
America is a very diverse area of the world with many different views and aspects associated with it, and it all depends on where you come from in life. That will be a contributing factor to what you view America as.