Expat wrote an article called: Why I live in Thailand.
I write it differently: Why I leave Switzerland.
We have no terrorist attacks (yet). Nobody goes hungry here. We have excellent welfare and insurances paid by the state. Health insurance, car insurances, life insurances, insurances for your furniture, against floods, theft, personal liability and loss of work (before welfare comes in after 2 years), so we're insured of about anything you can imagine.
But there's no insurance for a loss of human warmth. No insurance for a loss of a social net (if that existed) when you lose your job. No insurance for a feeling that you're less worth than the guy next door who still has a job to feed the family properly.
Why is that ?
Because an insurance covers financial losses, not emotional ones. No insurance can pay a missing afternoon tea in front of your house meeting friends passing by and having a lively discussion. No insurance can insure 24 hour open doors where everybody can come in uninvited and say hello, sit down and have a chat.
Insurances are like banks. They make their business on the base of distrust in other people. They tell you: BEWARE ! Life is dangerous ! Anything can happen ! Stay safe !
And they suck you out. No flat without insurance. Buy a car ? Nope. No insurance, no way, even if you could pay any damage out of your own pocket !
And then ! Try to do your own business. Ah-huh- How much capital do you have ? Where do you work and how much do you earn per month ? Any debts ? How many people live in your household ? Provide us with a business plan for the next two years including all planned investments. Do you have the permit of the police, the health control and the tax service ? Sorry, you cannot put a table on the street and sell sandwiches without n permits.
They strangle you. We have very many mental institutions here. Don't ask why...
We have a lot of YOUNG unemployed people. But the government rather pays them welfare for hanging out on a train station and drinking beer instead of saying: Hey, you got an idea, do it.
That's not encouraging. Logical thinking would be: Ok, the state has less money due to unemployment and more welfare payments. So let's get rid of at least some rules and give them more freedom to TRY. Give them perspective.
But fucking NO. Keep people DEPENDENT.
That's why I leave Switzerland. I guess, If I were an American I'd be a libertarian in some ways.
I mean, let people TRY whatever they want. If they fail, ok, if they succeed, ok. But forget all those fucking regulations. It only serves who ?
The BIG ones. They don't like small ones to come up.
And I won't miss Fondue, snow and mountains, believe me. I always hated cheese ;-)