Or sometimes it seems like these countries are that far away, given how different American politics and procedures are.
85% of Swedish fathers take paternal leave, and the country has incredible infrastructure set up for both parents of young children, as well as for elder care.
And, gay marriage is now (or very soon will be) legal in all of Iceland, a country with the first openly gay head of state, Johanna Sigurdardottir.
It is so challenging when you see change on the horizon, but it is just out of grasp. Or, that so many people are afraid of what change will mean, when in the end, these kinds of change just make our world a calmer, happier, more accepting place to live. Why is that such a large intellectual leap to make?