I was born in Belgium, and am still living here. Officially, I'm a Christian, but truthfully, I'm an atheist, like so many other people in our country (mainly only old people to see in our churches).
Ethnicity ... hmmm European I guess? Not much to say about our culture really, our families are not very tight (certainly not on my father's side since my granddad died. We're okay on my mother's side, we have a lot of fun during family gatherings like Christmas or just during the summer to see each other again.), respecting elders here is something you do or you don't (depends on your upbringing. Bad parents make irresponsible kids. It's sad that (what in my eyes looks like) most parents in our country are making a mess of it, because they don't have time for their kids and dump them with someone else, or worse, just on the street until the evening ...), both of my parents work, still it's my mom (and sometimes me) who does most of the chores (mainly because my father absolutely can't do them. Don't EVER ask my father to make dinner! He does his own ironing 'though, and sometimes helps with other things (because my mother had some assertiveness training and "forced" him to
)), myeah, what can I say more?
Ah, we're a rich country. Yeah, definitely. You just have to take a look at the cars that ride on our (TERRIBLE, gap- and hole-filled) roads, I was quite surprised when I noticed that one day. On the other hand, a car is some form of status symbol, so it's possible people are just buying the most expensive car, and don't have enough money anymore to buy a simple bread >_<
And our government sucks because they're only interested in money and how to embezzle it without anyone noticing (because they'll instantly be infamous in that case thanks to the press), our prime minister became European president (those idiots, that guy was just a stand-in prime minister because the former one failed too much (oh yeah, where did that democracy go again? So we can't choose our own prime minister anymore when the former completely sucked? (as do they all, so we have to choose the ones who will suck less than the others)), and did nothing, zero, zip, rien du tout all this time. Great going people, and meanwhile, all our other bagger from the government got a place in the European Union as well, probably because they were too bad to get into ours, just fantastic!
Ah, and finally, Brussels is becoming a real ghetto. When someone gets arrested there, his friends come to free him! And attack the Dutch press (from the Netherlands) who just happened to be there along the way! :D Or when a teacher reprimands a student, the whole family comes to pummel him into a hospital. Family gets arrested, and set free the day after. \o/ Besides that, kalasjnikovs and gangs are more frequently seen there ... Yes yes, it definitely is going the right way.
But that's mainly because of justice, they really mess things up good. "Someone got arrested? Just let him go free, he'll have learned his lesson now, won't he? What? It's already his 5th arrest because we let him go all those times? Oh well, nothing that can be done you know, the prisons are already cramped ..." Uhu, sure, that will solve all your problems immediately! Until you meet him on the street next time, that is ...
Uhm ... I guess I just went on a little rant here ... Sorry for that