Jeg er nødt til at dele dette læserbrev fra The Economist om at bruge vejret som en 'historisk indikator for et lands arbejdsetik og velstand'. Både fordi det er skægt, men også fordi det – formentlig – indeholder en vis portion sandhed:
The great British weather
SIR – Having read your article on economics and religion (“Holy relevance”, October 29th), I’d like to propose the weather as an historical indicator of a nation’s work ethic and prosperity.
If Britain enjoyed warm temperatures and 300 days of sun a year, would its people so easily accept enclosing themselves in a workshop, factory or office for eight or so hours every weekday, even if it led to increased prosperity? Isn’t life too short not to be enjoyed?
If the Greeks woke up four days out of five to find the sun was nowhere to be seen, with rain and wind more than probable, would they still opt for leisurely lunches on patios, noontime naps and short working days? One may as well stay inside and work, there’s little else to do.
How would these two countries’ economic destinies be different today had they gone through history with the other’s weather patterns?