posted on Mar, 2 2011 @ 11:24 AM
Google "expat __________" and learn a whole bunch about countries you intend to migrate to. The best sites allow comments, and you can find out how
much of the site itself is lifted from travel brochures instead of reality.
I suggest backing up from the "I'm leaving---and never coming back" hotheaded stance, and saying "I'm going to investigate living an
international life of adventure," and see where it leads.
Funny, before I got to travel world-wide, I was extremely anarchist/left-liberal. My journey to conservatism began by discovering how many of my
cherished hopes and dreams were just hogwash.
I learned that a lot of anti-government posturing is basically simple misanthropy (a hatred of one's fellow humans).
After I got out of college and went to work for a living, I learned to respect common, hard-living people. Folks with little education and little
prospects. Whoever posted the "drunk redneck patriot" and "Jesus camp" videos: it's only funny when it's your own people. Nobody wants to see
Arabs saying the exact same smack about us, because it disrupts our national self-loathing, our "look how bad our idiots suck" world-view. take a
look at "Chav" on youtube or google images and learn how America is in no way unique with the jersey shore. Then you can move on to "folk devil"
and "moral panic" for the anthropological drives to belittle the underclass.
I came to realize that the "sheep" I once looked down upon were actually God's children who are getting by the best they can, and who are by and
large men of goodwill unless provoked. That is true in Kentucky as much as in the West Bank.
One of the things that had always disturbed me about leftism is the "loathe your own roots" that it requires; loathing your upbringing, your own
people, your own nation. There is a root concept in liberalism that the act of critiquing something means that you are more enlightened or civilized
than the thing you critique. Another founding concept is that a nuanced answer is better than a simple answer. I have learned that these two ideas,
which I was taught to cherish, are simply part of a liberal world-view that contributes to personal unhappiness. This is a philosophical post I
guess, and I won't put any more of it here.
Until I had traveled overseas, I had never personally watched someone get arrested without a warrant or for their politics; I had never seen dead
bodies lying unburied in the street. I had never seen people literally starving to death in the road in front of a mansion.
I know those are not the places you are thinking of moving to; but I think witnessing those non-American realities has made me more thoughtful and
more appreciative of common everyday people, both here and there) who don't have college degrees and will never be part of the intellectual elite.
Helping them can be the most important thing you could ever do with your life. Or you can turn your back on them because they are ignorant? You may
never convert them to your political stance, but you could ease their suffering. Which is more important?
Blessed are the Meek.