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



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