"This is the best/most beautiful place on Earth."
...I just want to vomit. I think to myself: 'But have you seen the French Rivierra?' Or the Andes? The South American rain forests, perhaps? Dubai? The mountains of primal Siberia? The deserts and majesty of Sinai? The glorious architecture of Cambodia?
Don't get me wrong, guys. I grew up here. I think this is a beautiful place, too. But this whole "best place on Earth" attitude is downright arrogant, not to mention relative to each person's living preferences and how they see beauty. It's downright dismissive of the rest of the world. Can we please tone this whole attitude down as a culture so we can stop looking like smug pricks on the other side of the coast? Last time I checked, we were a part of Canada, not this "special" nation-state. Other cities and places in Canada are just as beautiful, and I don't want to have to be sheepish about telling people where I'm from when moving to or visiting other places in the world (especially Canada). Look, I might be moving out of here, and I might have MANY things to say about the HUGE problems here, and how Vancouver (and BC by extension) has unfortunately changed. But you know what? The only thing I found I haven't liked about this place- REALLY haven't liked- has been the attitudes and behaviour of many a Vancouverite here.
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