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View Diary: On Raising My Children To Be Free -- Free To Leave The U.S.A. (275 comments)

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  •  great diary (5+ / 0-)

    i have had the opportunity to live in 10 different countries, and it teaches a person a lot about the "big picture" - people will find their happiness or grief wherever they're born or wherever they live

    there are, however, certain features of american life that are particularly abhorrent. and moving to another country can relieve a lot of the stress that comes with being a thoughtful progressive humanist living with 100 million right=wing, bible-bashing, gun-toting maniacs

    for the record, my wife and i go where the jobs are, and right now we're in DC making bank and planning our next overseas adventure

    •  No Social Infrastructure / Lots of Police! (0+ / 0-)

      Hi,

      I agree that they are many features of modern, post-industrial American life are abhorrent.

      However, forgive me for inquiring, do you have children?  

      If so, you might agree with me that living abroad (as I do with my two young children in Southeast Asia) can be less of an overseas adventure than more of an experiment in how your children turn out as products of random private (read highly expensive) schools beyond the youngest of ages.

      Moreover, being regularly surveilled by military police or whomever, becomes tiresome.  That is a bit more direct than the NSA.

      •  i have a grown son (2+ / 0-)
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        Paragryne, Lonely Texan

        my wife and i are on our own...i lived in vientiane for a year recently and found it relaxing to the point of having to check my pulse to see if i was still here :)

        your children aren't learning any creation myths in school, i'll wager, and that's probably a good thing, right?

        •  Great. (0+ / 0-)

          I love Laos.  I was in Vietnam for four years with children in the single digits.  Currently we are elsewhere in SEA.

          I also had to check my pulse when in Laos, mainly Luang Prabang, but did enjoy it immensely and had a grand time hiking in Tat Kuang Shi (spelling?) waterfall park - pretty place.  Fortunately, my son does not recollect the bit where we nearly fell to our death when climbing to the pool a bit below the lip of the waterfall.

          I agree with regard to creation myths.  Certainly, no creation myths taught in Vietnamese private schools to the best of my knowledge.  On the other hand, hard to determine what is being taught for the money being spent and that comment can be extended to some very expensive schools in HK that we sent our kids to.

          However, we are looking at public schools on the West Coast and no creation myths seem to be taught in the schools that I would consider in the US!  So, absent a FSM school opening, up, all good!

          Cheers!

        •  I did too (0+ / 0-)

          working on a project.  Vientiane is a laid back place with great food.  Enjoyed it all

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