Europe Induces Sloth Indolence

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"Why should, for instance, within [the] eurozone some member's people have to work to 65, even longer, whereas in some other countries they are happily retiring at 55, languishing on the beach? This is unfair. The welfare system is good for any society to reduce the gap, to help those who happen to have disadvantages, to enjoy a good life, but a welfare society should not induce people not to work hard."

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<p>Jin</a> Liqun: Europe induces 'sloth, indolence' - Talk to Al Jazeera - Al Jazeera English</p>

<p>Unfortunately Jin Liqun is right. This is why in ten years China will rule the world and Europe and possibly the US will be second class citizens. Most Chinese work harder and complain less than most Europeans.</p>

<p>razor,
Have you taken a good look at the aging vs reproduction population trends in Europe and Japan? And the trends in the standard of living? The US is not far behind.</p>

<p>I am all for a good work ethic here, no question. But it is hard to push on a string. I also doubt the US will be become socialist. We are suffering from a poorly managed capitalism at the moment. It could also happen to China when the economy matures.</p>

<p>Aren't the aging trends even worse in China? Approximately a third of their population is limited to one child. Even with this limit, they are beating everyone else today and will continue that trend. The reason? They do not have massive welfare programs for their elderly.</p>

<p>What do they do let them die?</p>

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What do they do let them die?

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They'll die eventually so the question is what happens in the meantime. Maybe they resort to the old fashioned way of children taking care of the parents to the extent they can but that's probably impacted at least somewhat by the one child rule (fewer kids to actually take care of the parents) and maybe also impacted by some of the migration happening within that country now with the kid moving away to the big city to work.</p>

<p>The other factor is the available healthcare - i.e. do they have as ready access throughout their country to the MRI and other very expensive diagnostic systems and therapies currently available in some countries such as the USA or do they forego these expensive options for less expensive and sometimes non-treatments albeit with an impact on the length of life?</p>

<p>I favor sloth and indolence. (in addition to everything else, it is ecologically sound....)</p>