A small land situated between the North Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean, Iceland minds her own business and minds it very well. I was so impressed by what I saw and learned in a recent and my first visit there with my family that I decided to write this short piece as a tribute to her people and their history. Iceland has a lesson that needs to be learned and practiced by the greatest troublemaking nation of all time during only 240 years of her existence, namely, The United States of America. The USA is a nation forever at odds with herself, constantly preparing for and engaging in war, and a nation that world opinion tells us is the greatest threat to peace in the world.
Iceland and America: Some Stark Differences
Iceland and the USA are two nations that are mostly at the opposite ends of the important dimensions of life. Iceland is at the positive end; America at the negative end.
In my book, America's Oldest Professions: Warring and Spying, I coined the term "sadtistics" as a summary for America's mostly negative standings on those dimensions. For this article I am coining another term, "gladtistics", as a summary of Iceland's positive standings. What follows is a very brief side by side summary of the two nations' standings.
Socioeconomics . Iceland stands very positively on income equality, employment, poverty level, and homelessness. America doesn't.
Health and Health Care Services . Iceland has universal single payer health insurance. America doesn't and, furthermore, has the most expensive health care system providing substandard health care. Icelanders live longer than Americans. Iceland's infant mortality rate is much lower than America's.
Environmental . Iceland, thanks partly to its geothermal energy supply is the least polluted of all nations. Not so, America. She caters to the fossil fuel industry and its captivated politicians.