Posted 9 years ago on Nov. 19, 2011, 5:12 p.m. EST by hotrod02
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I am a world traveler with a passport filled with destination stamps. I have been traveling now for many years. Sadly, in almost every destination I have visited there has been obnoxious levels of poverty...even in places like Europe. Poverty in the world is one of those things you have to get used to if you want to travel abroad. In comparison, there really isnt that much poverty in the United States. Everyone here lives fairly well. Its funny to me to see people protesting. What are they protesting exactly? Student loan debt? Corporate greed? None of these are really good excuses when compared to how others live throughout the world.
There are families who right now live in the streets of the Philippines, there are people getting killed everyday in Colombia over an ongoing drug war, people are actually getting shot&killed (not just receiving a bad dose of pepper spray) in Syria and Mexico is one ongoing story of poverty. Seeing the protesters armed with thousands of dollars in video equipment, laptops, ipods, iphones and having the latest clothes...who are they to compare themselves to these other people in the world who actually have something to complain about.
My perception is this is a bunch of spoiled brats who are complaining because things are a little bit tough right now. They are finding they can no longer afford the Iphone or the latest in Canon cameras. The student loans and house loans, which they volunteered to sign up for and were way beyond their means to repay, are now going bad. They are finding they actually have to take real jobs which involve some creativity and work then the old days where they took a job involving sitting in an office doing nothing.
Folks, lets get real. What are you protesting exactly? While we can do little to solve world's obnoxious level of poverty levels, we can celebrate what we do have. We can also adapt and overcome. For example, there are plenty of jobs out in North Dakota which are paying double the rate because of the oil boom. Why not take a chance and go there? I can tell you what will not improve your situation and thats to sit around with a sign causing trouble and antagonizing the local police force. Face it, you live a luxury existence. Do you live in the streets? Do you live in a boxcar? If you are reading this then you probably dont. So go out tonight and celebrate what you do have...dont sit there like a brat and complain about what you dont have...