Love this. Like the cop shows where the same six people handle all crime in the city.
Excellent point. As they say, “Guns don’t kill people. People with mustaches kill people.”
Are the Quakers rehearsing Shakespeare?
This borders on genius.
Not one trip, many. You don’t know me and you don’t what I’ve seen and you won’t understand what real poverty is until you do. Then perhaps I will care about your opinion.
No my, friend, you completely missed the point. If a man born into slavery (about as bad as it gets) moves past it an instead focused his life on looking forward and accomplishing things, what do the richest and most privileged people ever to walk the planet have to complain about? If a person born into slavery can have such an effect on the world that he’s remembered literally thousands of years later, what excuse do any of us have to bemoan our circumstances and claiming we’re entitled to more instead of getting off our asses and trying to make the world a better place?
I’d recommend that you do what I did. Learn the local language and go spend time in a poor country. Not the resorts, the barrios. Meet the people and talk to them. See how they live and how they view their lives. Then come and talk to me about American attitudes vs. the attitudes of people there. Maybe even give money to the locals to help them start a business or three. You’ll come back a better person.
Historically that may well be true. But in America, the people who have no concept of need, oppression, or hardship are those who can’t tell you the proportion of people in this planet living without sufficient clean water (1 in 3) or how many live on less than $2.00/day (over one billion), and don’t know what hourly wage you need to earn to be in the top 1% of earners worldwide (about $17/hour with no overtime). Just be being born a citizen of the US you are already one of the richest people ever to have lived in the history of the planet with access to conveniences, technologies and opportunities brand new in history. But sure, far better for people to focus their energies on complaining about how hard their life is. You win the argument.
If Aesop stories had been about whining about the circumstances one was born into, pretty sure he wouldn’t be remembered all of these years later.