Michael Moore’s latest documentary/social commentary “Where To Invade Next” is indeed a must see for any North American worried about the future of the United States and Canada. Sadly, North America will continue to spiral out of control because of its own ignorance, arrogance and neglect.
The thought-provoking film explores Moore’s visits to other countries around the world to steal their good ideas to bring back to the United States and adopt the ideas back home. The funny thing is, the good ideas originated in the U.S. in the first place, according to the film’s tongue-in-cheek almost mockumentary, at times.
In the film, it is stated, workers in many other countries have longer lunch breaks, shorter work days/weeks, more paid holiday time and their kids also have longer lunches (and better food), shorter days and weeks. Workers and their kids seem more relaxed, less stressed and their quality of life seems way better, than North American lifestyles. Other countries also pay for post-secondary education too.
Yes, these countries pay more taxes but with those taxes, residents get more out of life and seem happy — something that seems missing in North America.
Looking at the rest of the world, some countries are not what you would call model countries but then again take a look at North America’s woes. Other countries seem to have developed ways to make its citizens happier, well-adjusted and better and productive members of its society. Maybe our North American leaders and corporate gurus can take some advice from leaders and corporate gurus from other countries to keep North America on the map, as still a great place to live, work and play.
Learning how to play nice with others on the playground is indeed something worth exploring.