Too Dumb To Understand
_ I discovered another paradox about life in the country of my birth.
On the one hand, people criticize “European socialism”...whatever that is as something that would destroy the country. On the other hand, the military is glorified. This is a large part of society that operates with pure socialism: all needs of soldiers and their families are provided for. Health care is so normal, that it is not even mentioned. Long vacations are expected. Pay is regulated on a published scale. Generals earn more, but not outrageously so.
That said, once finished with service, people are thrown back into the society that they defended and are expected to survive with no help. They must listen to the evils of “socialism” and about weakness of anyone not able to fend for themselves. No one cares whether they are healthy or sick, whether their families eat or starve, whether they have a job or not...even whether they live or die. Backs are turned and doors are closed by those, which they once defended and who continue to praise military service (which they would never dirty their hands performing). There seems to be a clever form of propaganda at work, which fools the masses into believing that suffering is good for them and bad for society.
Something is wrong here...and it ain’t “European socialism”!
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.