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(France 24)   Denmark remains the happiest country in the world, despite having the highest personal debt. No wonder they're happy, what can be better than living off someone else's money?   (france24.com) divider line 2
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2013-11-13 11:41:54 AM
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Curse you, Danish ancestors! Why did you have to leave before the party started?

Well, too late now. Besides, I wouldn't have been born in Denmark any way. Time doesn't work like that except in sit coms where a cast member has to learn a lesson about how important they are in the lives of others like that Jimmy Stewart movie where the angel gets his wings by showing Jimmy Stewart that his little town would have become a den of iniquity without him.

It's amazing how little it takes to change the course of history. A dog barks and whompf! there you aren't. Just like in that Philip K. Dick story which was Christianized as The Adjustment Bureau.

My Danish ancestors thought they had good reason to leave for North America. The Germans had just annexed Schesweig-Holstein and they were afraid that they would come back for the rest of Denmark later. They were right, in fact, as Hitler proved in WW II.

But still, it makes you wonder if immigration is always a good idea. After all, Mexicans arrive in America all of the time and they end up getting sickly and fat once they start eating like Americans. And the pay and benefits suck. Well, not as much as the pay and benefits in the foreign plants of Mexico, but still pretty lousy.

But who could have foreseen what a wonderful place Scandinavia would become thanks to social democracy. When my ancestors left, the Scandinavian countries were cold, dark, miserable, poor and prone to famines and despair. Now they have plenty to eat. And for some odd reason, they seem to be happy and rich and healthy and sane for the most part. Apart from racist Islamophobic loonies and skinheads.

Oh, well. I can't blame my ancestors. Apparently my great-great grandfather knocked up the housekeeper's daughter like in that novel by Kafka, Amerika.

It could have been worse. He could have turned into a cockroach like in that novel by Kafka. Or else been accused of some crime without anybody at the Castle telling him what he was charged with, like in that novel by Kafka.

My ancestors came to North America to escape novelists and directors, especially Kafka and Bergman.
2013-11-13 10:53:13 AM
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what can be better than living off someone else's money?

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Americans must be getting happier and happier and happier, then.
 
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