Whenever I'm suffering through a miserable New England winter, I ask myself
why I don't just move to California. I finally figured it out one day in downtown
Santa Cruz. They've posted signs throughout the city center listing the things
that you can't do (photo above):
no skate devices
no bikes on sidewalks
No dogs? That's right. You can't walk a dog down the street in downtown Santa
Cruz. Downtown Santa Cruz isn't especially crowded either.
Why do Californians need so many rules? Because they all moved there to enjoy
the land, the climate, to take a job. They did not move there in order to become
part of a community. In fact, they might very well hate all the people around
them but still choose to live in California. This does not happen in northern
Michigan or central Massachusetts. If you don't like the community, you move.
There is no other reason to be there.
If Californians did not have myriads of carefully set forth rules, they would
simply kill each other.
My friends in California mostly have contempt for their fellow citizens. I ask
them "today you're going to run into a person on the street that you've never met
before. I'm not going to tell you anything about this person. The person could be
of any age, sex, or economic class. Do you think you will enjoy meeting this
person?" The response is always "I think the person will have the wrong political
beliefs" or "the person will probably be a smoker" or "I bet the person won't be
a vegetarian, so I can't talk to him" or "I doubt that this person will be
educated or intelligent."