"Isn't it running away and giving up?"That's the best answer to that "giving up" question I've seen anywhere. Thank you!
Well, only if I thought that I could hop on the pendulum and alter its swing. Here's the thing. The U.S. is the land of opportunity. Economic opportunity. Creative opportunity. The whole idea is to give individuals the freedom to do whatever they want, and achieve whatever goals they set for themselves. The common good is not the priority. It's about individual success. Now, I'm not about to attempt to rewrite the mission statement of the U.S. I've been a good little participant in the democratic process; I've voted, even in primaries. I've demonstrated, I've canvassed door-to-door for causes I believed in. But at a certain point, I think it just makes sense to go to a place that's already a better match for your values. I don't have a problem with being taxed for the common good. I like the idea of basic, single-payer, universal health care. I'm not motivated to buy stuff out of fear, or desire for status, or because it's the patriotic thing to do. I want to live a resourceful, less wasteful, less materialistic life. I could do it here, but I think the current is running more in that direction up North. I don't feel like I am running away. I feel like I am running... home. Giving up? Nah, no more than I "gave up" on personal relationships in the past that weren't right for the long term. At a certain point, you've got to stop beating that dead horse.
Greener Pastures, which I mentioned briefly below, is really nice. The writer's reasons for leaving the US are very similar to ours; you can read about them here. I especially liked this: