posted on Nov, 9 2009 @ 05:21 PM
You may not find yourself somewhere better, but you may find yourself in a place that feels like it's on the way up, rather than on the way down:
like the U.S.. Let me make a suggestion, try not to look at everything as black and white: America good. Europe bad.
It's an easy mistake to make. Globalization means the world isn't quite as different as it once was anyway. The answer might not be in leaving the
U.S. forever, but it might be good to live differently among other types of people for awhile. Try it out. Flirt with a different life. Keep your
sense of humor. You'll need it if you find yourself living over a Pizza Hut in some part of Paris.
I find it much easier to meet people in other places. I make friends elsewhere more easily. Now to be fair, sometimes things are easier when you are
on a trip. There is probably a tendency to talk to strangers more when you yourself are the stranger. Even with that taken into consideration. I
think there is something missing here in the U.S. that you might find more easily elsewhere. It's a warmth among the people. Of course I'm
generalizing a good bit, but overall I believe this is true.
Already you've got an offer to stay from someone in Belgium. And you know what? That isn't some phoney-baloney offer either. That guy means it.
My friends here in the U.S. don't have time for me anymore. I think practically everything is defined here by money. I made more friendships in
parts of Europe in one week than I have over thirty odd years here in the U.S..
I also live in Georgia, my experience is that people here are quite cold. While there is a strong emphasis on being friendly when you first meet
someone, all this southern hospitality rarely translates into any type of true sense of friendship. If you are of college age, you are fortunate to
be surrounded by some variety as far as people.
It's also very possible that you move to Europe and realize that you would like to live there, but maybe just three months a year for the next ten
years. Then you might come back and be happy here, but I doubt it. But who knows? At that point, you might check out parts of South America. While
Venezuela is dangerous, I've read that a Caribbean island called Margarita off the coast of Venezuela is quite a wonderful place to hangout/live for
awhile. Although, it's so hard to keep track of where the U.S. Is going to go war next, and things may become less desirable if the U.S. starts
trying to spread “democracy and freedom” in South America again. There is a sense that we are on the verge of something cataclysmic here in the
U.S.. But lets assume that some awful event like a complete and total devaluation of our money to zero never occurs. I think it's pretty fair to
say that what we are looking at ahead is a future in the U.S. In which each year is just a little worse than the last. I could be wrong, but I don't
see things changing in any of our lifetimes here for the better.
There is so much systemic corruption here. The people pay the taxes, and the corporations make the decisions. Perhaps Americans wouldn't be so wary
of taxes if they ever got anything from paying them. Sadly life in the U.S. could still be great if all of our money weren't directed toward black
op assassinations, false flag terrorism and ridiculous wars. There are trillions of dollars missing, but don't hold your breath for anything to
Somebody suggested going to Buenos Aires, that is a great idea. I loved it. Wherever you go, enjoy the large cities. Personally many of my best
experiences have been through getting out of the big destination city(ies) itself/themselves. Take it all in stride.
I think the people that are saying that you'll be in for a big surprise and come back with your tail between your legs are essentially reading from
an old script that just about all of us have had programmed into us since day 1. 10.2 percent unemployment or more realistically 17.5 percent
unemployment hardly sounds like the promised land to me.
Go and travel. I doubt you'll be missing out on much here. But you can always return.
When empires fail, it is natural to want to leave. America isn't the only game in town.
As far as all this guilt you are supposed to feel for the soldiers that are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan. That's not your fault. The soldiers sent
weren't sent there to protect your freedom. They were sent there to protect pipelines and opium. Unfortunately telling the truth isn't necessarily
a great way to gin up recruitment quotas for the oil and opium wars overseas.