Another Rant?

Hello!

So, I just read an excellent blog post on media/firstworldproblems

(which you can find here: http://stressingoutcollege.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/first-world-problems-are-not-real-problems-hold-on-a-sec/)

and the sad reality of making those comments. And yes I have said “First world problems” when talking about not being able to find my cell phone, or eating too much food. Usually, it’s to get a laugh out of it (to laugh at my own meager struggles) and to let others know I’m not that shallow.

Usually,(in my opinion) we say it as a joke (as said before) and we take a second and laugh about it and then realize how sad it is. (Really, I’m just re-saying what was said in the post, so hurry, go read it, it will be explained much better there.)

It’s ok, I’ll wait. Go read.

*hums*

Back yet?

Awesome.

So, this blogger has written an excellent post – on an excellent topic that we should discuss. (I think anyway)

I think that there is a reason someone came up with saying #firstworldproblems, because it’s a reality! There are a lot of things in this place that we take for granted – clean water, digestible food, bathing necessities, education, cleaning necessities, shelter (the list goes on). We also have a lot of extras though.

Cars, cellphones, computers, beds, tv’s, headphones/earphones, ipods, comfortable chairs, batteries, perfume, printers, washing machines, dryers, pianos, other musical instruments, glasses, braces, hair clips.. etc. etc. etc.

So – as the post mentions about how we: “We laugh at instances of “first world problems,” such as not being able to text because your fingers are too cold or forgetting your WiFi password for the dozenth time. At first, we laugh because we can relate. And the smirk dissolves into realization. We laugh because it’s true. And then we realize it is sad.”

I think that we need to take this #FirstWorldProblems issue and really shake it out and look at what it’s saying.

I think we should start to be more thankful for what we have.

On a side note:

One way that we can help ourselves be more thankful – every morning or evening (or when you have time) write down 5 things that you are thankful for. Maybe you’ll move up to 10 eventually. But just write a few so you remind yourself of what you have. (Don’t write the same 5 things down every time.)

(You know, I keep trying to write this post and say what I mean – but I’ve had to re-write it a number of times so I’m just going to stop here. I just hope that you can understand what I’m trying to say, and that you all have a good day and a good week.)

Also, maybe you could think about #SecondWorld-AndThirdWorldProblems. Get familiar with what an actual struggle or difficulty is – or figure out what you mean by struggle or difficulty.

Peace,

Flickering.Candles.

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9 thoughts on “Another Rant?

  1. My reponse is really too late, but I wanted to thank you for replying and sharing your thoughts. I haven’t read your blog in a while but I feel as if soon I will. Again thank you and incredibly sorry for my late response.

  2. “Sometimes it is because of their lack of extras is what makes a person happy, and it helps them to appreciate things more and have more life fulfillment.” Bam – exactly. Material wealth is definitely not emotional wealth and it is disconcerting to realize that our society is built on the opposite premise. Capitalism, commercialism – it all hinges on creating an emptiness inside us to make us feel that we need “things” to fulfill our needs. We buy and consume and buy and consume some more, but the hole will never be filled. What we are missing is the human connection. We are so disconnected from our natural selves (and nature in general) and from each other. Material wealth can not replace social wealth and emotional wealth.

    And while I don’t believe that we are all here because we have an innate duty that we have to fulfill, I do agree that those with privilege should help. This doesn’t mean they have to donate half their savings to a charity or fly off to Nigeria to volunteer their time and energy for the rest of their lives. It doesn’t need to be that extreme. (Not to downplay the work such people do in other countries – it really is great and restores some of my faith in human kindness). Helping can be as simple as opening your eyes to the problems. Change one little aspect in your life that makes you less of a consumer and more of a productive individual – not productive in the mass-market industrial way, but in the way of taking care of your well-being and reaching out to your fellow humans. Spend less time on “social” media and more time being social in the real world.

    I’m not going to pretend I hold all the answers – not nearly. I can really only go with what I see: people are too disconnected, government and corporations profit from this disconnect. Does this mean we need to destroy all technology and go live in caves? Of course not. But we do need to find a way to live more healthily, more sustainably. Or else, we are not going to last much longer.

    And in turn, I apologize for taking so long to respond as well 🙂

  3. Oh ok, thank you for clarifying 🙂

    In general I think that if someone is seen on a materially “higher status” than others it is their job to help out those who are not as wealthy in that respect.

    Definitely, I mean, help in general is appreciated. I find that not everyone who doesn’t have materially wealth is unhappy. Sometimes it is because of their lack of extras is what makes a person happy, and it helps them to appreciate things more and have more life fulfillment. Maybe those who are happy (and perhaps they happen to have less advantages) can be a friend to someone who isn’t. That, in my opinion, would help. It would help bring happiness to that person, and that is fantastic.

    On a side note: Often I find it’s the “first worlders” who need more help from the “third worlders”

    So yes, definitely 🙂 I hope I’ve answered what you were asking!

    May I ask what your thoughts are?

  4. Great thoughts.

    What I mean by privilege is the “higher status” that someone has due to their place in society. My question was very general and I was simply wondering what your thoughts on the idea of such privilege is. In the case of this article, you could perhaps focus on “first world privilege.” Like you said, this could include more material wealth.

    Do you then think it would be appropriate for “first worlders” to accept help from “third worlders?”

  5. When you say privilege and duty, I want you to define it for me. If you mean privilege and duty as an individual, it would depend on your culture, where your morals are (what your religion is?) and how you want to grow as a person. I believe that every person is here because they have something to do – maybe discover what is the meaning of love, trustworthiness, kindness etc. Maybe it’s helping out a family member, maybe it’s starting some kind of positive movement. Whatever it is, that is what your duty is as an individual.

    I also believe that if you are someone who happens to have more material wealth (more privilege?)- that you should help those who don’t have as much.

    Let me know if I’ve gone way off topic or if I’ve answered what you wanted to know! 🙂

    Thank you for the book suggestion, when I have time I will definitely look into it.

    No problem. Thank YOU for reading!

  6. Being thankful is a start. It can very much be a way of raising consciousness about the various levels of social well-being, but what do you think about the ideas of privilege and duty? What is the role of those with more material resources (if such a role is serviceable)?

    If you’d like a suggestion of further reading, try Ishmael by Daniel Quinn. It’s not a very creative story, but it does have many thought-provoking ideas about how the current civilizational way of life is unsustainable. (Not that we need to go back to living without any technology whatsoever – it’s about needing to move toward more sustainable technology).

    Again, thank you so much for reading. Nice work 🙂

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