Food_Eatah wrote:Although looking at the European life style... this whole situation looks just like everyone paying for their collective Karma.
High social welfare, "right to Siesta", all night partying, best foodz, liberal sexual culture, lazy youth, counter culture can only last so long, once a country's good Karma is used up, everyone must face the consequences.
It's caused by everyone.
"Right to Siesta" - you haven't actually lived in a European country have you? The Spanish did take long lunches that's true. And they and the Belgians often went out till the wee hours but people are also working very hard. How hard is sometimes debated (for example I've heard some Dutch people talk about how a minority of the country is working, etc. - their statements aren't credible). And anyways Scandinavians and German speakers tend to be workaholoicish. It's a more complex picture.
Liberal sexual culture - many Europeans are just not prudish like the Americans and many people from Chinese culture. Youth in Europe aren't lazy at all. One of the few downsides to social democracy was that youth employment was negatively impacted for many until they were between 25-30. For this reason people often stayed at university for a longer period.
These facts also vary by country and region.
As for karma - after WW2 Western Europeans tended to avoid putting their efforts in war. After the end of the Cold War Germany bailed out a good deal of Eastern Europe and Europe was and is heavily involved in rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq.