(Original post by speedbird)
In point of fact, Spain is the least productive country in Europe, if not the first world.
Productivity is something that has got to do basically with what bosses and managers do and organise. If they don't do it well, despite the workers working even more than other European colleagues, that's not fault of the worker.
Even in productivity, we are not that bad. Have a look at this
Spain is one of the loudest countries in the world. I guess it's a cultural thing, but there's no denying we are very loud.
I'm finding no proof for this. We shout quite a bit, I know, but I think generally all Mediterranians do. Any Mediterranian here agreeing with me?
Why not? I think we are inferior, so to speak, in more ways than one.
First of all: there is NOBODY inferior to anybody. We are all humans, and if you believe so, then let me tell you you are very much mistaken.
And then... I believe that, even if in some aspects we may not be Scandinavia or Germany, we are quite advanced and developed in most aspects. Let me show you the HDI: the Human Development Index. It measures quality of life throughout most countries of the world, being 1 absolute welfare, and 0 being absolute bad quality of life.
If you are interested, you can find it here
. You will be surprised to see that Spain's HDI is in fact higher than that of countries such as Denmark, Belgium, Germany, or even the UK.
If we look at murder rates amongst countries, we find that Spain's lower than those of all countries of the UK, Belgium, Ireland, Canada, or the USA. Source here
Or even, if you want, let's look a ranking of national health services all around the world. Spain's 7th, only being worse than France, Italy, San Marino, Andorra, Malta and Singapore (in that order). You can check it here
. The British NHS is 18th, the US health service is 37th, and Canada being 30th.
So, as you can see, we are not "worse" (never inferior, no one's inferior to anybody else) in a lot of aspects than other developed countries.
In my opinion favouring multiculturalism is a mistake. But what makes you think Spain is moving towards multiculturalism anyway? Immigration alone doesn't make a country 'multicultural.'
Multiculturalism is a mistake? Why would that be, if you don't mind to explain? I personally think it's great, and even a necessity. Racist scum can be left somewhere isolated if they so choose, but the general people have the right to see people from all backgrounds everywhere.
And yes, Spain's moving towards multiculturalism. Because:
1. It already was. A Catalan has got nothing to do with an Andalusian, to say an example. There is no such thing as a Spanish united identity, there is nothing we all share. Nothing. Not even at stereo-type level.
2. Even if we consider all Spaniards as having the same cultural background, which would doubtlessly be a mistake, nowadays we have lots of people from abroad: Romanians, Latin Americans, Moroccans, West Africans, Brits (they're the 4th biggest immigration colony in Spain, just after Romania, Morocco and Ecuador, fyi), Chinese, and generally people from all over the world. There are a lot coming, most of them with children. With children raised here, in a lot of cases even born here. That makes them Spaniards, but with a part of their cultural background being foreigner. We are now in a situation like that of the UK some 30 years ago, with ethnically foreign people being born, raised and living all their lives in the country. That is (even more) multiculturalism, yay.
Whatever. Most people outside Spain don't even know what a siesta is.
Okay. They don't know either what the Macarena is, or what bull-fighting, sevillanas or paella are. Are you being serious?
It can only be in Spain that ordinary citizens are accused of supporting fascism when all they do is hum the national anthem.
That is true. Especially if you live in Catalonia... then you can't hum it. Not at all.
Yeah. I was born in Madrid but my parents come from up north.
Good, greetings from a Catalan with Murcian grandparents (the four of them, and thereby, being my roots Murcian).
Good luck with your revision, btw.