The USA is at or near the very bottom of every index of quality of life. Education (primary & secondary) is abysmal. Healthcare likewise, unless you’re wealthy. Work — merely an endless neurotic fear of being laid off in order to preserve the CEO’s quarterly bonus, in which the appearance of activity substitutes for meaningful output. Entertainment: banal pablum for the low-IQ set. Safety: you’re better off in a war zone. Peace of mind: US kids practice active shooter drills which remind them they can be killed anywhere, anytime. Nice. Vacation time: (hysterical laughter, followed by silence). Food: lots of it, but mostly tasteless or full of HFCS & other additives, and always loads of fat. Conversation: great if you love talking endlessly about TV shows, otherwise… tumbleweed….

I’ve been back in Europe since December 2018 and it’s been fabulous. Aside from the European desire to contract lung cancer as quickly as possible, every aspect of life is infinitely better than in California, which in turn was infinitely better than most of the other States.

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