One argument I regularly have to field is
“Sure Denmark isn’t perfect. Nowhere is.”
This comes in variants, depending on how shitty the other person is feeling about what I just said.
“Your country isn’t perfect, either. HA!”
“SURE I HOPE YOU CAN FIND A PERFECT COUNTRY. AND THEN MOVE THERE. TO THAT PERFECT COUNTRY.”
Don’t you think I know nowhere is perfect? Oh, honestly! But for as long as we are living in Plato’s cave, I can see the perfect country projected on the wall. I can see how it would look, what would happen there and how it would make me feel.
My country used to upset me a lot because it fell short of its potential in several areas. Denmark upsets me for the same reason in different areas.
Everyone everyone! It’s okay to talk about how a country isn’t perfect! I appreciate the good bits but I reserve the right to talk about the rubbish bits, too.
Please, if you are an immigrant to any country, do not feel like you are a “guest” and may not talk freely. (Exception: if you live in a country which enforces your silence with threats or actual violence). Last weekend, an immigrant of 14 years told me that “weather” transformed my country into a 3rd world nation. If he felt like a “guest”, I never would have had that refreshing perspective. I never would have laughed and said “You’ve got that right!” Who knows, sharing that perspective with the right person, would lead to the UK getting better at weather. Stranger things have happened.
Stop enforcing complacency, everyone! The only way anything every gets done or improves, is if people can look at things from all angles.
No, nowhere is perfect. Let’s embrace that and make the place we are living in as good as it can be.