How did Scotland become a world leader?

Brimming with innovation, Scotland is confidently a progressive nation.

“Beautiful, glorious Scotland, has spoilt me for every other country!”

In a world that’s forever changing and innovating, it’s difficult to find a place where you can achieve a calm silence. If you take a walk along the winding paths at Glen Etive or stand by the banks of Loch Linnhe at dusk, you’ll find those sincere moments of calm.

Scotland is forward-thinking.

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“As long as greed is stronger than compassion, there will always be suffering.” — Rusty Eric

My friends in the USA are the polar opposite of confederate flag-wavers. They don’t support Trump, they don’t protest empathy, and they don’t plague my social media with gun-toting cartoons. My friends are the type that care about their homeless ‘neighbours’, support Black Lives Matter, and fight for awareness of climate change. It’s not about good people and bad people, it’s about culture.

“Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive.” — Sir Walter Scott

Back here in Scotland, our leftist government has developed a culture that values people. It’s a tough fight to have, especially in today’s political climate. No government is perfect, but few countries support a progressive mindset like Scotland does. People are sick of struggle and seek change. When this movement of mindset occurs, it often goes one of two ways:

  1. People become so exasperated by the status quo. The fight for progression ensues. People put human values before corporate greed. Political blessings occur, like free healthcare and awareness of the environment.

“You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” — Sophia Bush

That’s not to say sexism doesn’t still exist in Scotland. It does, but it’s becoming less prevalent in the political landscape; the pursuit of abolishing a one-sided bias is near.

Scotland is progressive.

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  • Education: Scotland has more universities in the top 200 per head of population than in any other country, except Switzerland.
  • Healthcare: Scotland is the first country in the world to provide free sanitary products in schools, colleges, and universities. It doesn’t cost you to visit the doctor, and your prescriptions are free.

“Be happy while you’re living, for you’re a long time deid.” — Old Scots proverb

Time will tell, but the murmurs are becoming louder, and the Union Jack is becoming a symbol of oppression. In a world that is slowly moving toward a more empathetic and humane attitude, you need to wonder if governments (like Britain’s Westminster) can continue their pursuit of imposing something on a country that didn’t vote for it. Will they be the cause of their own downfall?

Scotland is a world leader.

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“We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilization.” — Voltaire

Scotland plays host to some of the world’s most stunning landscapes. Whether you choose to explore the wild, yet beautiful Highlands or seek Nessie along the banks of Loch Ness, there’s a home for you here. In a country steeped in history, where you can hunt for fairies, believe in angels, and experience the greatest Hogmanay party on Earth, Scotland really is a country not to be underestimated.

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Photographer and Writer. Based in Scotland. Using Medium for opinion pieces, marketing advice, and motivational articles. https://www.laurenmacneish.com/

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