Myoglobin 😂 Doesn’t sound like your European holiday was much of a success...
I’ll start by admitting that most Gibraltarians probably don’t have the opportunity to live in rural areas. I mean, there’s about 34,000 of them living on 2.6 square miles. Slightly crowded one would assume...
As for the rest of your post.. 😆
Curious mentioned several European countries but I’ll focus on the three he listed first; UK, Denmark and Sweden.
a. What on earth do you mean when you say that the middle and working class folks have less ability to work in rural areas? Some of the smaller countries in Europe have quite high population densities, but in a country like Sweden with a population of only ~10 million and that is the approximate same size as California, there’s ample opportunity to live rurally. Denmark and the UK are more densely populated but still, plenty of rural to go around...
b. It wasn’t quite 50% last time I checked but even if it were, I could live with that.
I work fulltime night which is three 10 hour and 50 minute shifts. If you work nights you only work 32.2 hours per week (instead of 38) because of the increased wear and tear on the body.
I own the apartment I live in (apartment by choice because I love living in the city center), I can comfortably afford to travel abroad on vaccations or extended weekends as often as I want. (Well, pre-Covid). Seven weeks of paid vacation per year, sick pay for as long as needed. (The first year is automatic with a physicians note, after that it becomes a bit more bureaucratic).
In Sweden (like in many other European countries) university is free, maternity/paternity leave here is fifteen months per child (can be stretched to eighteen months at a lower $ rate). Paid sick leave to stay at home to care for your child until the child turns twelve. For children with special needs, it’s until the child is eighteen. Healthcare is universally accessible. My employer pays towards my retirement. I save extra not because I really need to, but because I want to be able to afford a bit more then the basic necessities when I retire.
c. What has given you the idea that Europeans have less ability to choose what they want to do for a living? The fact that university is free, makes higher education available to everyone (who qualifies academically).
d. Smaller apartments, houses and especially cars, is mostly a choice. Small cars are better for the environment. Walking or riding your bike to work is better still. The smaller appartments and houses are sometimes due to a limited amount of space available, but in general we aren’t that fixated on size.. or status...
Traffic-related death rate:
Per 100,000 inhabitants per year:
Per 1 billion vehicle kilometers:
Mean body mass index:
We could ALL use smaller portions...
f. Why the heck would I want to own an AR-15?
Homicide rate per 100,000 inhabitants:
g. Truncated free speech rights? Europe is a continent with almost as many countries as you have states, and the majority have protected free speech. Some countries like for example Poland, which you for some unknown reason seem to like, has definitely taken a turn in an authoritarian direction. Hungary is another. And Turkey.
In case you’re interested..
World Press Freedom Index, global ranking 2020:
h. Again, Europe has many countries with different cultures, but yes the UK, Denmark and Sweden are all quite secular. I don’t find that problematic. Do you think it’s a problem?
I definitely haven’t been to all US states. The ones I have visited are New York, California, Nevada, Arizona, Kansas and Colorado. And Illinois and Texas I guess, if you count O’Hare and DFW 😂 Which I don’t. Anyway... I’ve really enjoyed the times I’ve spent in the US, but it always surprises me when some Americans express such a strange opinion of Europe. But it’s been educational Myoglobin 😀