I feel like I must share that this debate is for me carrying an increasingly comical tone.
Yes, frankly i feel the same.
It is beginning to sound something like:
Me: On my planet we have automobiles that travel at 65 miles per hour.
Somebody else: Impossible. Everybody knows that the law of physics dictates that vehicles with organisms such as yourself inside them cannot travel at such speed. It is clearly a product of your imagination. Perhaps the evil capitalist elite has brainwashed you into thinking that such a thing is possible. You are clearly too naive to be believed.
To me, the whole thing sounds this way:
Someone: "I live on a wonderful island where food is abundant and skies are always bright... i don't believe in evil at all, after all i've never experienced it myself."
Me: "But man, this will not last forever. There are powerful tropical storms, and the sea is full of pirates. What if one of their ships will drop its anchor right here? What will you do? Perhaps you must prepa..."
Someone: "Nonsense! And why are you so grim and angry? Don't think about this... let's hug, brother!"
I am so happy to be living in California. I am begining to feel genuinely sorry for those who live in what must be a much harsher environment.
That's not that simple. There are some benefits in living in "harsher environments". This is only IMHO, but... if there is some "fatal level" of troubles, after wich your society is already unable to recover, this level for Russians and Americans must be very different. After all, too much "pirates" already tried to disembark on our shores. And they're all is still here, in a big pit beyond the forest...
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"And the Russian land, let God keep it! Under heavens, there is no other land like this. And although Russian nobles are not righteous neither kind, let God arrange the Russian land and give us enough justice" - Afanasy Nikitin, medieval traveler of XV century.