Posted: 06 February 2013 at 10:10am | IP Logged
Originally posted by Vintage.Wine
Well ..Did the same set of people who said India is great say USA / Europe isn't ( in their own way that is ..) ? ..also why do you think people like Vasco Da Gama, Columbus traversed the oceans back in time in a quest to reach India ? Because their respective countries were junk places ? Also there are people who are ready to live in Afghanistan or even Somalia with alacrity if someone promised them great compensation to work there ...
What is greatness in your view ? The prevalent economic situation ? Prosperaity and the flamboyant lifestyle? Earn more and Spend much more and be proud to reel under huge debt kind of a situation ? ..People of enterprising nature travel places for many different reasons ...A few spend their lives plundering egyptian pyramids or scout for lost pieces of history there...A few become activists and devote themselves to some noble cause and salvation serving the poor or socially neglacted people in remote places away from home ..The cause of migration clearly differs from person to person ..and that doesn't mean their nation was an awful place to be ..
The situation keeps changing all the time ..Whats great right now doesn't remain great eternally.. ..Back in time the SUN never set on the British empire ...But now it does ...Phew !! ....Similarly if you can envisage and look past today's illusive picture .you ll know why people like Mark Faber or Jim Rodgers are so darn bearish on America ..Where even the prolonged, near zero interest rate regime alongwith the stimulus (outta printed money ..) is bearly helping the economy scramble into the positive terrain ...The next Era most definitely won't belong to America and the opportunists would then skite their Chinese speaking skills as they flip the bird at the Now Great nation and be wise nuff to move a few thousand clicks eastwards ...
I can't stress this enough, and I've mentioned this in the original post: I'm not comparing countries and saying X Y Z is better than A B C; that's not my point- Obviously all nations have their highlights and low lights.
My point is, individuals- such as my father- who leave their respective countries- whether that be India, China, Canada, the US- suddenly feel this undying loyalty and picturesc nation of their homelands, even though they are working, eating, living, sleeping and using the resources of their adopted nation. It comes off as being a little hypocritical- if the mother land was so great, why'd you leave? And if it's so great now, go back: Why complain? where are your loyalties. Also, I'm not talking about culture, and values or faith- those transcend borders, I'm talking about love for a land.
I'm assuming to understand the premise of what I'm saying you'd have to be a First generation born something, in order to see the attitude I'm talking about. Again, I'm simply mentioning my father as an example, since that is the one I can relate to.