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The Fallacy of the Lonely Fact

I know most of you come here for the languages, but as long as I keep witnessing these displays of egotistical ignorance, the illustrations will keep rolling.

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In logic and reasoning, the fallacy of proof by example or fallacy of the lonely fact is a conclusive statement about a given phenomenon based on one single supporting case 1.

Interestingly enough, these statements mostly come from white expats living in Europe. Yes, you are abroad. No, the fact that you haven’t experienced discrimination based on your nationality, cultural background or appearance does not mean that xenophobia and racism don’t exist. Once again, check your privilege.

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Cross-cultural Spontaneity

Every Mediterranean person knows those Friday afternoons in which you spontaneously decide to grab a beer at the bar around the corner, and somehow you end up in a massive party of a friend who knows a friend who knows a friend, and it turns into one of those legendary evenings to remember. Well, that scenario could hardly happen among Northerners. Take Germans, for instance. They make good coworkers, but when it comes to social life… they are as spontaneous as a Swiss train timetable.

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Land of painfully slow Internet

It is said that if you want to know how people really are, you should give them a computer with a glacially slow internet connection. When it comes to patience, Germans must be second to none. The economic powerhouse of Europe and home of the warp-speed Autobahn also happens to be the land of painfully slow internet.

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As of February 2020, Germany ranks 39th on broadband speed in a global scale, and is painfully below the European average. The situation is even more staggering for mobile data. According to the BNetzA report from 2017, only 1.6% of users were getting the speed promised by their providers, and only 18% reached half the speed contractually agreed upon.

While the world frantically switches to 5G technology, here I am, staring at the screen while this post is finally uploaded. I guess I could brew some tea in the meantime, maybe pay a visit to my family… even pick a new career, get a degree, found a business, retire and move to Singapore. You know, whatever happens first.