We can have anything we want here in America. The world is ours. We have one of the freest countries on the planet, one of the highest standards of living, great infrastructure, great communication, education available to all, jobs in abundance. You name it, you can have it. Not that there are not small sacrifices but let’s compare that to the rest of the world or history:
- We complain that our flight is 2 hours late from here to LA. Did you know that in many countries you couldn’t even afford that flight. Or have it available to you? How about 100 years ago? To cross the US you would have had to take a several day train ride. 2 hours late doesn’t seem so bad.
- We complain that we are “starving” after being without a meal for 5 hours floating down the James river (true story yesterday). Even on the worst day at work I might go 12 hours without a meal. Its not that its not available I just don’t have the time to grab it. This seems like an eternity. But what about in countries where people don’t even know if they will have enough to eat at all? Or farmers in early US history who had to rely on their crops being good during the summer to keep from starving in the winter?
- We complain that have so much financial distress and so many bills. The internet, the new car, the credit card, the 70 inch TV. Most people in the world couldn’t even afford those things in the first place: EVEN ONE OF THEM!
- We complain about unemployment in America. And yet there are so many jobs available. What are we really saying? That we can’t get a job? Or that we can’t get a job that will pay for all the overpriced gadgets and toys that we’ve accumulated. Or the ill-planned family that we can barely support?
- We complain that raising kids or having a girl friend is so expensive. We forget that we are in one of the few countries which gives us all the tools we need to plan a family safely and effectively. We forget that great dates don’t have to cost money and that in many countries young people are forced to marry someone they never got to choose by arranged marriages. Interestingly these are often more successful relationships because the couple learns to work with what they have ratehr than always wanting something better.
- We complain about our unfulfilled sex lives or lack thereof. And yet we forget that in some countries in Africa there are tribal disputes which result in the brutal raping of thousands of women, scaring them sexually for life.
- We complain that we can’t get a boyfriend or a girlfriend and that all our friends are married and we’re alone. And yet we forget that we are in one of the first times in history where both men and women can do equally well WITHOUT a relationship. Women don’t need husbands to support them, men don’t need wives to cook for them.