By Eric Glazer, Esq.

Published July 18, 2022


I’m lucky and privileged.  Over the past few summers, I have had the opportunity to travel to so many of those countries that claim to have “the happiest people on earth.”  All the surveys from these learned magazines and institutions say countries like Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Scotland and Estonia are the places where the citizens just love their country, carry a flag in their pocket and walk around with a perpetual smile on their place.


Well, I’ve been to every single one of those countries and I agree that their citizens love their country, are patriotic and love their fellow neighbors. I agree they are wonderful countries with wonderful people.   I also learned something else about every one of these countries………. they each lack any diversity whatsoever.  Go to Finland for example and the people that live there were born there.  So were their parents, their parent’s parents and so on and so on and so on.  They’re basically all related to each other.  It’ like they’re all cousins.  They all look the same, speak the same language, share the same history and cherish the only country they have ever known.


By the way……… you can forget about becoming a citizen of any of these countries because it ain’t going to happen.  You can visit and spend your dollars there but then get out. If you don’t believe me…..look it up.


So here’s the real deal when it comes to the good old USA.  We are the most diverse country BY FAR in the entire world.  Any one of our communities at one time or another can house residents made up from any country on Earth.  And…….we’re the only country that can make that claim.


The average American has never left The United States; has never traveled to another country.  Yet, many of these people are “experts” at just how rotten to the core the USA is and just how wonderful all the other countries are. 


I have an idea for those people.  Before you say another word about how racist and discriminatory our country is, take a trip to any of the countries I visited above.   In fact, travel to almost any other country in the world.  When you’re there, take a good look around and tell me if you see the diversity that exists at home.  Tell me if you see lots of colors, different houses of worship and hear different languages.  Then, ask about their immigration policies and see how many immigrants they allow to move in every year.  Find out if you yourself would ever be welcome to live there.


Here’s what I promise you will see and hear if you’re not blind and deaf….The United States is the leader, the founder and the very example of diversity at levels of employment and inclusion in the highest offices of government including our Presidency and Justices of our Supreme Court.  We are the leader in welcoming all forms of worship; second to none.  And when you’re done looking around, make sure to make a reservation to come back because at some point your welcome will be up.


After all I have seen, here’s what I know: any street in any of our communities can resemble a meeting at the U.N.  I can’t say the same about some of “the best countries in the world” to live in.

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Eric Glazer

Eric Glazer graduated from the University of Miami School of Law in 1992 after receiving a B.A. from NYU. He has practiced community association law for three decades and is the owner of Glazer and Sachs, P.A. a five attorney law firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando.

Eric is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in Condominium and Planned Development Law.


Since 2009, Eric has been the host of Condo Craze and HOAs, a weekly one hour radio show that airs at 11:00 a.m. each Sunday on 850 WFTL.


See: www.condocrazeandhoas.com.


Eric is the first attorney in the State of Florida that designed a course that certifies condominium and HOA residents as eligible to serve on a Board of Directors and has now certified more than 20,000 Floridians all across the state. He is certified as a Circuit Court Mediator by The Florida Supreme Court and has mediated dozens of disputes between associations and unit owners. Eric also devotes significant time to advancing legislation in the best interest of Florida community association members.

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