Once I took a few French classes and got good grades. Then went to France thinking I was almost a French man
. Thank goodness many French can speak English. No way would I be able to live there. I have to face it, I'm an American for better or worse.
So why worry about how well we are off compared to those other countries? We aren't likely going to move there. Visited Italy for the 2nd time last year and enjoyed the visit ... but live there? No way. It sure didn't feel like they were necessarily better off.
I guess this type of comparison might influence how we vote. As for me, I am able to live a good life here. Every time we go to Europe we come back appreciating more what we have here. No way to judge how things would have been different in those other countries for me had I grown up there.