Where Would You Go?
Earlier this week, I was having an argument on a friend's Facebook page with one of his other friends. My friend and I were bemoaning recent politics in the United States, and his other friend (who is conservative but certainly not right-wing batshit crazy) was essentially inviting us to leave the country if we didn't like it.
He quoted the columnist George Will (and I have been unable to find the original quote, though to be honest I only looked for a few minutes), who allegedly said something like this: The true litmus test of the quality of life in the United States would be to remove all border restrictions for a week, and see how many people came in and how many people left.
On the face of it, the results would be obvious. Many more people would come to the U.S. than leave it. There are many, many places that are worse to live in than the U.S. But it's an incomplete thought experiment, as I pointed out to my friend's friend.
If the U.S. were to lift it's border restrictions for a week, but no other country did the same, of course few people would leave. No more than usual. But think about it - there would likely be hundreds of thousands of people flooding into the U.S., which would heavily tax the country's services and infrastructure. And I'll bet a couple of years down the road, quite a few people would be interested in leaving the country.
But if ALL nations lifted their border restrictions, many of the people who would have headed to the U.S. would probably head to countries that are closer.
In any event, you can see the problems with the George Will quote (assuming it exists). It reminded me quite a bit of typical theist thinking.
But it got me wondering - if all countries in the world lifted their immigration restrictions for a short period of time, where would you go? Or would you stay in the country you're already in?
For me the choice would be easy. I'd move to Norway, as my parents came from there, I speak the language, and I even have a place to live there. I'm thinking about moving there anyway if the mid-term elections here in the U.S. go in a strongly conservative direction.
Where would you go?
Nobody I know was brainwashed into being an atheist.