keeping perspective: hint #9

9) Be grateful!

Don’t take for granted: running water, toilets, heat, electricity, hot water, or plumbing when billions of people live without them. Believing them to be our due or even worse, not thinking about them at all, is arrogant or ignorant, and really bad karma. Goodness only knows who you may come back as, the next time around.  

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.

At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

Living in misery, degradation, and wretched poverty is not limited to Africa or Asia or Third World Countries.  

A 2013 UNICEF report ranked the U.S. as having the second highest relative child poverty rates in the developed world.

45 million Americans live at or below, poverty level.

Statistics show Native Americans living on reservations suffer poverty rates as high as 53%, unemployment rates as high as 69%, suicide rates that are double the national average, teen suicides and infant mortality rates 3 times the national rate, and conditions equal to those of Third World countries.

The numbers are especially shameful as we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving; perhaps the Native Americans would have done better to have chucked the Pilgrims back into their ships and sent them on their way. We’d all be living in Iceland. 

“Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit.”  Eli Khamarov

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s