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Yes, leaving the USA rocks. You don't know what you're missing.
"So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay the welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It's probably worth it."
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Good summary, Ghost! I am also Happier Abroad in China, but I would like to go to other parts of Asia to compare experiences. I've been to Thailand and South Korea--and I liked them a lot, so I'm thinking my next trip will also be to the Philippines; I think that is the country I would do best in....
As you said, it's never easy. It's a constant learning experience that you can only get by actually being 'abroad.' You won't get this kind of experience sitting in your room all day wallowing in pity, a la the MGTOW crowd.
To be able to find your 'permanent country,' as it were, depends on your personality, language skills and ability to 'fit-in' to a particular culture. For example, don't expect to be a White guy and expect to be accepted by the majority of people in an Asian country. That's not going to happen...Just like if you're an Asian--don't expect to be totally accepted as an "American" in the States. That's not being realistic.
Also, be sure to expect some negative experiences and 'bumpy roads' while overseas. That's to be expected! Don't let that discourage you from the whole process...
There's no such thing as a "perfect country" so don't let your hopes get too high...But, I'm far happier in China than I ever was in the United States, that's for sure--even with all the b.s. involved in the country. ...
Yes it's easy to be happier abroad but the question is whether one is happy enough there. I think I was spoiled by living in Japan 20 years ago. At that time, Japan really was a great country with high moral standards. Even though I knew that it would be hard for me to fit in there, Japan showed me what is possible. Compared to Japan of that time, all other countries that I have seen are very immoral, meaning people are not trustworthy. For me to be happy, I need the morality that I saw in Japan in a culture that I can fit into, and that is very hard to find. Non-liberal Judaism is the closest I have seen, so that is what I will try next with the Karaites.
Wow, what do you think happened to Japan? It really has degenerated into a negative place, fschmidt, ever since the economic crash in the early 90s. I hope you luck in your quest to find a good and moral place to live in. ...