Our cultural difference is honestly quite simple. It’s mostly this:
If you’re a Northern European, this is what you’re looking at, half a year. This is a regular day in my country in january, at 4PM.
If you realize this, then you understand just about every cultural difference. Half the year, my country basically looks like this. We used to have snow in winter, it’s very rare now. Now we basically just have a dark autumn, that extends into february.
It’s not the temperature I’m talking about. It’s the lack of sun. Have a look at the insolation:
In most of the United States, it never really gets dark. New England gets as much sun as Italy and Greece. Keep in mind, it’s not just that we get less sun, it’s unevenly distributed. In summer we get about as much sun as the freedom-lovers, perhaps even more. In winter, we get jack shit. You go to work in the dark, by the time you leave the office, it’s dark again.
This means you start looking at life differently. Abortion? If you live in America, obviously that’s murdering an unborn child. But if you’re a European in November, walking home in the dark at 5PM, you start wondering: “Well what if my fetus has Trisomy 18 and has a 90% chance of not making it to its first birthday?”
Again, this is Texas in December:
To an American, this is supposed to be a sad picture. This is the saddest Texas is going to look. To me, it just looks pleasant. There’s light everywhere.
“We have to shut down our power plants because otherwise the planet will become uninhabitable.” This is a thought that sounds plausible to Northern Europeans. In Finland and Sweden, people just refuse to step into an airplane. To an American, this is ultimately unimaginable. Americans think you’re joking when they’re staying at your home and you ask them not to take such long showers.
Again, when you walk outside, or even look outside of your window and you see this:
You’re far more inclined to think: “Well perhaps things won’t just work out somehow. Perhaps they won’t think of something.”
And it explains some other differences too. Consider Scandinavian funny movies, versus American funny movies:
An American thinks the solution to global warming is to move humans to Mars, even though it’s a hoax anyway. A European thinks the solution is to shut down industrial civilization. The reason is because half the year, a European looks at a world that asks him: “What if it’s not all butterflies, rainbows and pink unicorns?”
This is also for what it’s worth, why humanity faces a choice between two options: You can either accept European rule, or you can accept the collapse of industrial civilization. The world chose American rule. Well, let me tell you something. This is California in late November:
“Dad, why do bad things happen to good people?” “Gee I don’t know son, let’s go surfing!”
If you give Americans the task of running the world, it’s inevitable what’s going to happen: Every problem will be solved with more technology and when natural resources run out it’s time to bring democracy to brown people, until eventually we’re all stuck up to our noses in our own shit.
I’m not saying Northern Europeans are somehow always right. Merkel’s “wir schaffen das” proves the opposite. I’m saying they’re the only people who can develop the capacity to deal with problems the rest of you don’t contemplate. Northern Europeans will think about stuff that never shows up on your radar.
This is not a product of genetic differences between white Europeans and white Americans. It’s a product of the fact that white Europeans who move to America end up in an alternate reality where it’s always summer. Sometimes the summer will have freezing temperatures, sure, but it never stops being summer. Do I need to say it? There are no white people living outside Northern Europe.