I may not be as worldly as a diplomat who has lived in multiple countries, but I have moved around and lived in 5 cities. I’ll acknowledge that since they all happen to be in colder weather climates near the Great Lakes, they’re not the most diverse set of cities. But I’ve realized that moving around and traveling has given me exposure to differences and commonalities and a perspective that can make what other people say about cities irritating.
Last week, here in the Minneapolis area, it was -15 degrees Fahrenheit without windchill! Yet, people in Los Angeles recently complained that it was “freezing” when the temperature dipped below 50 degrees. (Nothing alive can freeze at 50 degrees so it’s a ridiculout claim, but I digress.) It’s all relative. People who never live in more than one city or don’t care to learn about other places have no perspective. Then they tend to complain when it could be much worse. Even if they don’t move to different cities to live, they could always educate themselves by using the internet. Then maybe they would stop complaining and start understanding. The same holds true for people who say their lives are horrible or that they’re the only people with problems.