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Iceland can do it - why can't we?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-22288564

Food for thought certainly.
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Old 17.05.2013, 22:44
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

Three reasons why gun crime is low in Iceland:

1) No trees to go and hide in after you've shot someone.

2) They're all related to one another, honor amongst family excludes killing your second cousins and uncles.

3) Beautiful sunrises and sunsets as the rays filter through the volcanic ash keeps your mind busy.
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4. They are too drunk to hit someone even if they shoot.
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

I'm confused - who is "we"?

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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

I find that comparing complex, urbanised nations of several hundred million people with nations consisting of six fishermen, a disgraced banker and a couple of penguins is always useful, don't you?
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Who imported the penguins ???
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

What I like about the comparison is that it reminds to the public that Iceland exists. Iceland is wonderful, Iceland is beautiful, Iceland is fun, Iceland is crazy, GO THERE (...for Brits: if you have some money left).


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What the Icelanders would like to know is rather: Who imported those banking ideas.
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What I like about the comparison is that it reminds to the public that Iceland exists. Iceland is wonderful, Iceland is beautiful, Iceland is fun, Iceland is crazy, GO THERE (...for Brits: if you have some money left).



What the Icelanders would like to know is rather: Who imported those banking ideas.
So they ate all the Penguins ? ...and puffins. ...and rotting shark. ...and sheepskin heads ?

Iceland blew me away with its awesomeness. It should be a must-see on any serious travellers list.
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

Is Switzerland 'awash in gun crime'? How is this even remotely food for thought?

I don't get it.

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Old 18.05.2013, 13:28
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I'm confused - who is "we"?

Rest of the world. Why can't we have the same attitudes/outlook on life as they seem to manage in Iceland? It's time people realised there isn't a working class, a middle class, etc. We all do our part to make a living and without one part the rest will fall. Instead of being dog eat dog all the time, why can't we respect and get on with each other to make the world a better place.
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Rest of the world. Why can't we have the same attitudes/outlook on life as they seem to manage in Iceland? It's time people realised there isn't a working class, a middle class, etc. We all do our part to make a living and without one part the rest will fall. Instead of being dog eat dog all the time, why can't we respect and get on with each other to make the world a better place.
Because that's not the real world?
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Old 18.05.2013, 13:38
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

It could be if we tried hard.
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Iceland blew me away with its awesomeness. It should be a must-see on any serious travellers list.

Thought it was awful. The most desolate, boring, isolated place on earth.
Definitely a place to avoid unless interested in geology!
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The most desolate, boring, isolated place on earth.
Reykjavik wins against Basel on two out of three criteria. I guess Basel is to be avoided before Reykjavik then. I can live with that.
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It could be if we tried hard.
No, it couldn't, and never has been.
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It could be if we tried hard.
It's an interesting article and it's a nice idea to say; "Ignore social class and crime will go away," but it seems like that idea has to be ingrained at a cultural level. Why does it seem to work in Iceland?

It seems like the bigger the society the more impersonal, stratified and anonymous things become and the less you care about your neighbor.
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Iceland has a population of 320,000, over 90 percent of of its residents are of Icelandic heritage, nearly 90 percent belong to the same church, etc., etc., etc. no wonder they all get along.
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It's hard to be sociopathic in a country of less than 400'000 people, doesn't leave much room for diffusion of responsibility. One of my favorite places on Earth, really is Europe's best-kept secret.
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Old 18.05.2013, 16:20
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It's an interesting article and it's a nice idea to say; "Ignore social class and crime will go away," but it seems like that idea has to be ingrained at a cultural level. Why does it seem to work in Iceland?

It seems like the bigger the society the more impersonal, stratified and anonymous things become and the less you care about your neighbor.
But I don't see why it necessarily has to be that way. Years ago people knew their neighbours and did indeed look out for each other. Why should just an expansion in society bring about a change? I think it's more that since the swinging 60s our attitudes have become more self-centred and selfish. Ironic when the 60s were all about peace and love and getting on with each other. Those teenagers are now the bosses/parents/teachers, etc, so what happened to their values?
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Re: Iceland can do it - why can't we?

I think they're on to something! Just make an ethnically homogeneous society. I wonder if someone has tried that in the past...hmm...
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