Thursday, September 29, 2011
The Shit We Take for Granted
Sure, unemployment is high, and the economy sucks a lot of ass, but can we really whine all that much about it? First, let's take the notion of poverty for instance. What we consider to be "poverty," in America is not what real poverty is. We have a "poverty line," an income at which people are considered to be living in poverty, or poor, or whatever the fuck we want to call it.
How laughable is that shit?
In other countries, there's no "poverty line," because poverty means that you actually have virtually no income whatsoever. In places like Liberia, which is widely considered to be quite literally the worst place in the world, poverty means you eat only what you can steal or barter for with sex, and you're likely living in a card board box on a disease ridden street.
Poverty, in many places on this planet, means that you are very likely to die from disease or starvation. It means that you have to slowly watch your children die from starvation or malnutrition because there's no such thing as food stamps or wellfare to save them. it seems fairly fucking silly to me that we tell people here in America who still have roofs over their heads and food on their tables that they're living in poverty simply because they have to forego a few creature comforts.
I know that there are people in America that are actually living in real poverty, and I know that families who live near or below the poverty line are struggling quite a bit, but lets not pretend like poverty in America means the same as poverty in a 3rd world country.
We also bitch and moan whenever our freedom of speech is curtailed even slightly, and even in cases where it's probably best that people be told to sit down and shut the fuck up. Now don't get me wrong, we should always be vigilant against people trying to stifle free speech. But what pisses me off is when people haul off and call the government "Fascist," or "tyrants," for minor shit. The people who pretend like they're so repressed because they were told that they should be polite and respect others should go try this same shit somewhere else.
Recently in Bahrain, a protester was sentenced to death. A bunch of medical professionals who provided medical care to injured protesters were all handed prison sentences. What do you think happened to protesters and dissidents in Saddam's Iraq, or Ghadaffi's Libya? What do you think happens to people who oppose the Chinese regime?
Everyone should count their lucky fucking stars that they live in a country that is so wealthy that our "poor," are people who still collect pay checks, that we live in a place so free that we're allowed to say any number of hateful and vitriolic things about our government and leaders without fear of ending up in a rape prison.
So while we bitch and moan and pretend that the next election is going to inevitably destroy the country (that's pointed at Liberals and Conservatives alike) how about we actually take the time to appreciate what we have compared to the rest of the planet. America is really not that bad of a place, and we should stop taking for granted all the fruits of liberty and prosperity we enjoy every day.
And really, anyone reading this should doubly thank their maker, because by reading this that means you:
1. Have enough money to afford internet and a computer.
2. Have enough leisure time to listen to some blowhard rant about people being ungrateful.