As most will know, this whole financial mess in Europe is not ending and plenty of voices estimate this crisis will take a decade to get over with. Personally, I am very worried because I do agree with those economic experts that say the common currency was doomed to fail without a proper integration and regulated/coordinated budgeting and such. And while this might be very selfish, I don't want to bleed out financially because some banks decided to mindlessly bet some money.
On a second issue, Germany is (as will some others, like Japan) going to have severe problems with the age disparity - less younger people will stand opposing much more elderly people. The retirement funds will be a mess.
Now as far as I'm concerned, I love travel. I love foreign cultures. I will go abroad all my life, live many other places and very likely I will settle down in a place that is not Germany (my home country). I am liberally minded, so my mindset is that it is my own responsibility to make sure I have enough money to live after retiring - not the responsibility of the government. And while I feel a bit guilty about my attitude, I am still fine with it and it doesn't change anything for me.
But still, there is a moral issue at hand. I can understand the mostly conservative people that say it is our (my generation) duty to work for them. On the other hand, I just don't feel obligated (after all, I think the government/s are too be blamed for insufficient management). With the crisis, the fault lies mostly with the banks, that they were allowed to gamble in a such a way with money. But also the governments are to be blamed, after all it is their task to ensure banks stay within regulations and adjust such where necessary.
I think the fact that I don't feel the duty to stay in this mess is partly due to the globalization and a society, that is more accepting and open than ever before. However I am far from being satisfied with my thoughts on this issue. I want to explore this more in-depth, with your help
Should one stay home or return home, to pay taxes that will support the elder generations of your home country? Do the social thing, make your contribution to your national society? Or is it okay to freely move around in the world (to put yourself first)?
While my example relates to Germany and the financial crisis in Europe, I am sure that most can relate to the idea, the root of the moral dilemma.
Many countries will face problematic population changes in the future (or are already having them), but you can also apply this dilemma to taxes for example (too high taxes, is leaving for a place with less taxes okay? Or not?).
I would be interested in your opinions, but more importantly WHY you think that way, WHAT your logic is. It'd be awesome if this could turn into a rich philosophical discussion...So please be elaborate!
Please do add your context (European crisis, or maybe the situation in the states, or the population changes in your country...or tax issues...so one can relate better, knows which country/problem/circumstances you are talking about).
But now...your turn