Originally posted by vivify
Please watch the above link before responding. It has some profanity, but is little more than 2 minutes long.
Considering factors like standard of living, median household income and crime rates, what is the greatest country in the world?
That clip is quite famous and has been discussed on this forum many times.
Anyway, defining "greatness" is quite subjective. For example, you could define "greatness" as being the most dominant force in the world in terms of political and military influence, culture and technology, in which case the US clearly is the greatest country in the world. If you define it in terms of median living standard or even living standard per capita, the US might not crack the top 20.
But defining greatness in terms of wealth or living standard per capita is pretty pointless. The US is such an enormous country that culture and living standards of people in say, Boston can hardly be combined with those in, say, Hattiesburg in a meaningful way. If you wanted to make an apples to apples comparison, you'd probably have to compare the US to the whole EU. IF you wanted to compare Norway to something, maybe you'd choose Connecticut.
Now, if you want to ask which country would be the best to go live in, that's also a legitimate question, but is a very different one than that put forth by the OP.
The clip is thought provoking, certainly and is great writing by a great writer (Aaron Sorkin), but isn't much of a real analysis of anything.