Kinda. America is great and all, as it's the land of opportunity and democracy, but is democracy the best thing? I mean, England has a monarchy and from my viewpoint, they're doing fine (more than fine, actually). So I think I might move when I grow up just to see what it feels like.
im honestly getting really sick of america, but there isint really any other country that i would be completely okay with living in. every country just kinda sucks. also the state i live in just has the dumbest laws and i hate living there.
I'm kind of surprised by the results so far. I want to move to another country, but I fear that once I get settled there I might discover the same problems equally as present as the ones I experienced in my home country. Perhaps I should just stop paying taxes and join a hippie commune, haha! (kidding)
Canada is where Im heading I think, its like a sister country to australia and has a lot of similar culture, but with the american social structure. So the games industry and art industry there are booming.
RoudykitFeatured By OwnerDec 13, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
Egypt for life. Because its awesome and has homes without heating for the winter. And an awesome president who will serve the people well in the tree of democracy. And because you feel a feeling that life is full of happiness and that the world is full of good people who will vanquish the bad, through generosity, education, and kindness.
It's mostly okay. We just have some issues to work out. Though if I want to raise any kids I'd want to go to a country with a better school system unless I get with a rich person and can home school them. :T
I guess yes? I'm not really into politics and the things that I don't like in my country I can't see as being very different from other countries. So I don't have much basis for comparison. I have to say as an artist, I envy America because it seems to have much more developed art and writing education. I consider that a double edged sword (these high expectations of how art should be done can hold back some truly creative new ideas), but still, I wish the standards here were as high as there and that I had someone to teach me stuff. Though I might just be generalizing because I don't live in the US.
I focused too much on the people. After some more thinking, yes, I do like living here. I love that I can easily go to the sea (we're very proud of our sea). The climate is nice and it's usually not too cold or too hot. And we get snow once or twice a year. I wish we had a few more indigenous animals though. In comparison with Australia, our animals are just so generic
TimeTravelToasterFeatured By OwnerDec 11, 2012Student General Artist
YES <3 Canada is wonderful. Tuition isn't as bad as the USA, no violent conflicts going on and it's a HUGE country. I hope to explore it fully one day. Honestly, I don't think I'll live here forever but in my heart I'll always be a proud Canadian.
Wouldn't live anywhere but Sweden, the internet and my annual mandatory family visits in Hungary has convinced me of this. Despite the lack of jobs our economy is pretty decent, most of the dangerously ignorant dumbfuck extremists are relatively harmless (seriously I've never ever met a single religious fanatic who has caused any kinds of trouble or offended anyone), feminism isn't that much of an issue either, I can't exactly complain. Most people are usually hyper-paranoid about offending others or being considered racist so we tend to keep a low profile and do everything to avoid agitating others because AUGH! SOCIAL SITUATIONS! RUN!
The weather is pretty crappy but it isn't that much of an issue if you sit indoors all day like I do. So yes, it's mostly pretty quiet around here. Unless there's a football (or soccer) game going on, or maybe during Midsummer.
Goddamn I just want to leave this place. Almost everyone lives in a box and just doesn't give a shit about anything beyond mundane things. And when you start talking about something somewhat taboo, they'll freak out on you - drugs, atheism, homosexuality, etc... Oh and I'm talking about the Philippines.
I am with those who say 'yes and no.' In my personal life, YES I am super glad to live where I do, to have the resources and the privileges that I have and by no means earned through any extraordinary deed or hard work of my own. But on the other hand it feels fundamentally wrong to live in and take part of a country whose culture is rampantly wasteful and glorifies excess and disposability. What bothers me most is the undue nationalism parts of my country exhibits; sure, our forerunners did fantastic things, and your average day-to-day American is NOT a despicable, wretched person by any means, but our flippancy toward human, animal, and environmental rights and our socioeconomic values frustrate me to no end.
Well I was born and raised in England, then we moved to New Zealand 11 years ago, I have to say, I much prefer NZ to England because its so tiny and fairly sparsely populated compared to England, although the flipside to that is that it can be too small, and very annoying for concerts and big events that often go to Aussie but never cross the ditch to NZ
Yes but sometimes no. I'm from the United States, and as an artist, this is a great place to be in the creative field. We have tons of game companies, movie industry, book industry, and a lot of opportunities for creative people. Also, we have some great technology fields that I have family members in (Bro works for NASA as an aeronautical engineer, and has done many exciting launches).
However, I do not hold the illusion that we are the best place on earth and do everything right and perfect. There are a lot of flaws in our country, and with recent politics holding women's rights in limbo sort of scares me as a lady. I also get hardly any time off compared to many other areas of the world, DESPITE having a good job, and I will get NO maternity leave, or care taking when or if I decide to become a mother, which is a foreign concept in most areas of the world... and instead of seeing this as a bad thing, half of the united states just tells me to suck it up because FUCK YEAH AMURICAH! Which seems like a backwards way to solve problems ("There may be a problem, but the thing is that we don't have to solve that problem, because we're strong enough to DEAL with the problem. Are you weak? Can you NOT tolerate the problem? No! We're great BECAUSE we have problems!") which doesn't make sense. We also have issues with our schooling, overly full jails, and we rely too much on punishment rather than betterment.
Even so, doesn't make us terrible. I just think we can become better. Plus, I get a lot of interesting view points from my Russian boyfriend who used to work for the Kremlin and United Nations before he settled down here with me.
Good ol' US of A. Despite some monetary hardships with our houses and such, I sure live pretty well, even in a relatively small house in what's considered a prosperous town. As my Macro teacher says, "Out of the guns and butter we make, we sure have a whole lot more butter."
But of course there are our "bad reputations" to think about. Uneducated, fat, lazy, obnoxious, arrogant...I guess all countries have their bad raps. We are no exception.
Overall, I like living in the USA. There's enough variety in geography, culture, population density, and climate to suit just about anybody's tastes or needs.
There's plenty of room for improvement, but that's bound to be true of any place, and I can think of many countries whose problems I'm glad not to have to face every day. (Your mileage may vary: the US has its share of severely disadvantaged people, and despite spending billions of dollars on "promoting the general welfare," we aren't as effective as we could be at clearing the barriers to a decent quality of life in a way that makes "equal opportunity" genuinely meaningful to everyone.)
Regardless of where you live, I think one key to making the most of your circumstances is to not take the good stuff for granted but rather appreciate it and leverage it at every opportunity, and to network yourself with high-quality people who are trying to make the less-good things better.
I should have maybe mentioned that I usually re-discover that more high-minded path only after some time spent fuming and stomping around and gesticulating at the news screen ...only to realize that, yet again, I haven't changed my country or the world one smidgen for the better during those minutes.
A certain amount of righteous indignation is probably what kept history's greatest shapers motivated and energized. Or at least that's what I tell myself when I'm so angry about some injustice or other that I can't sleep.
[ My other coping skill is apparently posting very long comments in other people's polls. ]
I really do believe that people of goodwill find their way forward however they can. If we're lucky, we find ourselves with companions we can work with to solve some of the huge problems of the day. If we're less lucky, well, at least we can cultivate our little gardens as productively as we are able, doing as much good with the produce as we know how.
Any country where that much is possible can't be all-bad.
Yes ... and no... I live in a safe place, the most opportunities for me are in this country (US). But the fact that a higher education costs an entire life savings is ridiculous. I'm glad there are community colleges but they seem to be frowned upon. And getting sick once could make you lose everything. Plus all this Christian fundamentalist agendas being pushed ... Ugh. The governor of my state sounds more like a pastor-in-chief.
I like the country but not the majority of the people living here. It's kind of rediciouls that I've been happier than ever before when I moved to a neighboring country 2 months ago even thou they're pretty much the same. It's just that the mentality of people here is completely different and very refreshing.