I’ve decided that the Swiss people have a very high tolerance for discomfort. Americans do not.
For example, today the weather in Basel is very sunny, 73 degrees with 44% humidity. Perfect summer weather! I wore a t-shirt and was actually quite warm (even a little hot) while walking around in the bright sun. The Swiss people, however, were bundled up in sweaters, jackets, and I even saw several pairs of leg warmers!
I have a family member who always says that he will someday die of “mild discomfort”. Since living here and having so many of my comforts taken away, I too think I might die of mild discomfort. Unnecessary discomfort is stupid.