I'll share a few examples:
Europe has changed tremendously over my lifetime. I remember it, 20-30 years ago, as a place where:
- Fast food joints were virtually non-existant. If you went out to eat, it was to a proper restaurant. Also, just about all those restaurants served local food, very very few "ethnic" restaurants, like chinese or whatever.
- Europe was a country where small shops reigned. Very few supermarkets, and even fewer malls.
- Civil Lawsuits were rare, and only concerned "real" damages.
- Kids grew up quite traditionally - table manners, respect for elders, conservative clothes, etc. They generally grew up staying not far from where they grew up, and helped their parents and grandparents in their old age.
- Apart from England, which shares the same language as the U.S. (some would say they are seperated by a common language), the rest of Europe did not share terribly much the tastes in music which were common in English-speaking countries.
- McDonalds, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Wendys, are all over the place, and are the standard hangout for adolecents - just like in the U.S. 20 years ago. Also, now you have ethnic food all over the place, and traditional restaurants are on the decline.
- Supermarkets and shopping malls are the only way to go now. In 1989 in Geneva, we had one mall in the area, and just 2 or 3 Hypermarkets. Now we have about half a dozen malls and tons of hypermarkets - for a city of 300,000 people. Only old people go to the small shops anymore.
- Europe is getting more and more litigious. Lawsuits against tobacco companies for instance, long a subject of ridicule here, are now taking place, along with all sorts of similar bogus attempts to make money off of vague damages.
- Kids have become vile, disrespectful, and think about me-me-me, similar to what I remember when I was in school in the U.S. at the time. At that age, I frequently returned to Switzerland and had many friends my age, so I could see the contrast. I have a daughter of 14, and looking at her friends, they are as bad or worse than I remember.
- Every musical fad in the U.S. tends to come to continental europe around 10 years later. This was true for disco, rap, etc. In the past few years however, perhaps because of more communication via the internet, that 10 year delay has shortened dramatically.
That's a few. Concerning your points, about healthcare and such, that's just socialism - a concept born in Europe.
Your point about sexual morality is interesting. I suppose it can be somewhat explained by the heavy religious influence in the U.S., settled first by puritans, and whose ideals tend to stick around a long time. That would be a subject of another thread, maybe
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