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German Villages and Why They Are Rich

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I live in a small village in Germany, walking distance to the French border. Among the many things I’ve learned from living here is how rich some of these little ‘dorfs’ really are, and how they came about their money.

First of all, many of the houses were literally built by hand. Most of them were built around the time when there was a war going on. People owned acres of land, as, back then, they had gardens and farm animals that they were dependent on for food.

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They had their roots and their families all in one place, and therefore, they met and married their spouses that were from the same or neighboring villages. The children became automatic heirs to the houses and land when the parents died. Therefore, most married partners would each come to the marriage with a house and land. Or, if they had siblings, they were bought out of their share of the estate if they chose to live in their spouse’s home instead. If two houses were owned by the pair, one was generally sold, or they kept it for their children to eventually move into once they were of age.

These old traditions have carried on and continue today. which makes people who live in small towns quite wealthy in assets. They don’t necessarily all have well-paying jobs or high incomes, though. Quite the contrary. Most women only work a 20 hour or less workweek – especially if they have families. In Germany, if you have a part-time job and work more hours than you are supposed to, it’s considered overtime. Kind of weird to be working overtime when you work 21 hours, but that’s what they call it. Another bonus is that a woman with a child under two years doesn’t even have to work if they don’t want to. They receive money in order to be able to stay home and spend those important years with their child. Since many of them own their homes and have money from their inheritances, they can live comfortably this way.

The downside is that they only understand life in a small village. Arguments among neighbors can be over petty things. Living elsewhere, you learn to overlook certain things, or even just let things go, because you don’t want to get into a dangerous altercation. Germans do love to travel and see the world, but there is no place like home. They believe that life in other places is like what they see on TV. They think all Americans have tons of money. They also think they are open and friendly. Which is true, for the most part. However, they have no understanding of the hardships people face and how hard it can be to survive.

Who knows how much longer Germany can continue to thrive? Although people have been pretty much enjoying a good life, the future of Germany is looking a little bleak at the moment, with the large number of refugees moving in. Many old customs will have to change. If old German villages are able to hold on to what they have, they could succeed. More likely, though, it will be out of their control.

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If you are too politically correct, stay away from Germany.

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I have to feel sorry for people who migrate to the US from other countries. Having lived in Germany for a total of 10 years, I am always surprised of their conception of what it’s like to live in the US. First of all, they believe that it is ok to say, “Fuck!” and “Shit!” in public, and have actually adapted that into their own language. It’s even used on TV. Speaking of TV, nudity is nothing to them. You will see boobs on TV at any given time.  I’ve often seen way more than that, but the other goodies are shown a little later in the evening. Their advertisments for certain adult 800 calls are pretty much what Americans call porn.

The Germans believe that all Americans drink are Budweiser and Jack & Coke. 12038418_10207297245136982_8086236163431390139_nTherefore, they drink “Jacky Cola” themselves. Budweiser is a little harder to come by. If they know that you are going to be in the States, however, they definitely want you to bring back some Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill. Yes, you read that right.

If they come to visit you, you have to warn them that they can’t drink in public. They’ve been told that American’s have some strange rule that drinking in public is ok, as long as you drink it out of a brown paper bag. They think that Americans are so ‘open’ and so ‘cool’, yet they wonder why they are told that they can’t parade around in their underwear, or even much less, around family and friends. Or why  they will be charged with sexual harrassment and have to register as a sex offender for peeing in public. Many public toilets in Germany are unisex. There is a urinal and a stall. So you will actually see a guy peeing, and it’s no big deal. He may even start a conversation with you, while he’s at it.

Actually, if you’ve been raised that way, or, believe it or not, have been around it for any length of time, it does all start to become natural and no big deal.  As a matter of fact, I love it when I see fellow Americans here, walking up and down the street with a beer or bottle of wine in their hand, just because they can. There are lots of things you see them doing and enjoying it, knowing that it is not allowed in the US. It is about living life and loving it. Stuffy Americans would do well with a little bit of culture shock to get rid of some of the extreme politically correct attitudes that are destroying the world as we know it.