It was infuriating.
Angelo is a nice man, but Angelo is not the type of person who will move up in the ranks. Angelo is not what I would call a hard worker. If I were his boss, I'd tell him he needs to move faster as a cashier.
So why am I mentioning this? Because as I stood in line I thought about something I forgot to mention in yesterday's post about Denmark -- or socialism in general. (By the way, when Oprah referred to Denmark as a "socialist" country, the women she interviewed -- from Denmark -- said they preferred to use some other term. I can't remember what it was, but the point is this: If you have to use a different term for something (much in the same way we use "reproductive choice" rather than abortion), that should tell you THERE'S SOMETHING OFFENSIVE WITH MEANING OF THE ACTUAL TERM.)
But I digress. What I forgot to write is that this whole happy notion that "everyone is taken care of in Europe" (financially speaking, health and education speaking, etc.) discounts the flip side of all this care by the government -- namely, that it breeds mediocrity because there's no incentive for anyone to do well. In Denmark, or Germany, or Sweden, or any other socialist country, Angelos are EVERYWHERE.
Without competition, or reward for a job well done, people have zero reason to do anything but the bare minimum. The result is that those who like, want, and need to work their butts off are stymied by the system. They want to work hard and be rewarded, but they can't. They actually can't be rewarded. Think about that. Whatever it is you do for a living, imagine if you wanted to do your best, but there's no reason to. How awful would that be? Not to mention that mediocrity translates to poor efficiency, low productivity, and a huge loss of time.
I know my readers are all smart enough to know all of this, but it's just shocking to think there are people who don't get this most basic economic concept.
TOMORROW: Indoctrination U. (for sure this time!)
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