Have you ever stopped to think about all the things that you have in your first-world life?
My guess is that most people haven’t, and until they do, they’ll succumb to feelings of envy and hate.
Recently, one of my Facebook friends asked an interesting question on their wall, and it got me thinking about a problem that first-world countries are facing more and more…
There is a global sense of entitlement in first-world countries
…and social justice warriors (if you don’t know who these people are, they are the ones complaining about things like cultural appropriation and using proper pronouns).
I guess this is a delicate subject, but I feel it needs to be addressed, and to start, I’d like to share a quote from a Venezuelan stand-up comedian.
This is from a video I saw several years ago, yet this one quote stuck with me. It’s simple, yet profound, and I believe it to be true. The quote is (and I’m paraphrasing):
“People in first-world countries have nothing to be depressed about, and that’s depressing”
We live in an era where almost all of our basic needs are taken care of. Most of the earth’s population doesn’t have to fight and die over basic resources like food and shelter anymore.
And some people have lost perspective. They don’t stop to be grateful for everything they have. Instead, they get mad at little things that don’t matter…because they have nothing to be mad about.
When you live in a country where people are starving to death… when you don’t know if next week you’ll have enough money to buy food… do you really think you’d care about the pronouns you use when talking to someone else?
Would you care if a celebrity dressed up as an Asian girl? Would you care if a comedian made a racist joke? Of course you wouldn’t.
You wouldn’t because you would have far more important things to think about. Your mind would be focused on survival.
So I guess this is an invitation to be grateful for what you have. No matter how small.
I’m confident that being able to change a person’s perspective is enough to make a change, even in a first-world, and it all starts with gratitude.
Your comments welcomed, and thank you for reading. I am grateful for you.
Omar Cagua is a direct response marketing consultant and copywriter who’s worked with startups and 8-figure companies alike. The 20+ years he lived in Venezuela make him a defender of the free market.