It is obvious that the cultural attitudes towards work are very different in the US than they are in Europe. If I got out of college and did what you did. Many of friends, my family, and my peers would think I was an unmotivated bum wasting my twenties away. It is that very reason that motivated me to get a entry level job I didn't like. After a couple of years and "experience" I was able to get a job I love.
Well, a good many people (my Dad especially) did regard me as an unmotivated bum in those days (some people still do)
It never really bothered me though, I had no idea as to where I was going to go. I had originally planned to stay in the military, but I left when it dawned on me that there was no future for me there. I was at a loss as to where and even who I was (child of two nations) and it took me those two and half years to eventually find out.. which I did. I met the love of my life, went to university and gradually realised my identity.
If I'd been forced to work in some dead beat job, either for necessity or just for conventions sake, then like some of my friends, I might still be just as lost now as I was then.
An example of what I mean is my old best friend. She came from a family that regarded not working as a serious blot on one's character, and though a rebel against her parents, she was unable to bring herself to do as I did. She took a job as a cleaner on the ferry between Denmark and Norway and worked long hard and uncomfortable hours in order to just 'have a job'. One day she woke up and realised she spent eight years doing a job she hated. She quit but within two years she was dead.
While finding a job that you love is important I do not believe it is the government's responsibility to pay my way until I find something that suits me. Moif, I do not mean office by that statement. Like I said before there are certain cultural differences at work here.
I understand what you mean. In Denmark however we pay far more in tax than you Americans do, and few people have any compunction in getting some of that money back.
I totally understand the POV of moif- though I have never had the opportunity to do so LOL
I think Moif shows a very,very, very distinct cultural differnce between much of the world and the US-
Another of my friends is American. On many occasions we had debates and discussions about just this topic. She contended that Denmark was a far too lazy and lax place where people had no back bone. "You wouldn't last five minutes in New York" she tell me. I would shrug and smile. I have no desire to visit New York...
When she gave birth last year, she was all too happy to accept every advantage Denmarks liberal laws give new mothers...
I haven't teased her too
much about it.
man, don't any americans see the value in this?
Some kind of de-focus (is that a word?) on all the materialism in our society, with some kind of focus on happiness through self fulfilment might be a good thing for our country- and the six on six off plan sounds good to me!
In Denmark the national motto for a very long time has been 'More with less'.
Denmark usually beats the USA in standard of living tests (though some times we are neck and neck) and yet if you go to the CIA fact book
and compare GDP per capita you can see that the average Danes scores $32,200 whilst the average American makes $40,100.
With your lower prices and higher average income, you ought to have it better than us. Its a mystery to me how Denmark and the other Scandinavian nations do so well when compared to the USA. I can only assume the political and social factors tip the scale in our favour.