I actually thought of moving to Scotland a few years ago. In our research of the UK, Scotland really punches above their weight class in academia, inventions, and innovative thinking. It doesn’t hurt that 300 years of oppression has left them as cynical as Jews – so I figured I’d fit right in.
It is that respect of their minds that makes me optimistic. I get both arguments. Yes, things will sting for Scotland if they become independent. Shale gas is not a lasting industry, but it can carry them long enough to build a real sustainable economy – if they take advantage of the time.
So yes, I would vote yes, and probably on little more than optimism. The thing though, is that you’ll never know how much you can amount to till you move out of your parents’ basement – especially if they’re dicks. Can it all go horribly horribly wrong? Yes, but I’m hopeful that a country that consistently puts out academic articles at 10 times their population size has the brain power to come out on top.
Whether it happens tomorrow or in a hundred years, it will happen – I just hope I get to see what happens next.