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WHY DO WE FORGET TO BE GRATEFUL? ALL WE HAVE
bite to eat at the restaurant down the street, or head to the nearby supermarket, where nutritious food is brought in from every corner of the globe. There are even food stamps to help support those struggling financially to stay fed. A century and a half feels like a long time, but when you look at the entire course of human history, 150 years is the blink of an eye. We’ve come so far so fast, and that’s something to be grateful for. Many places in the world still lack the basic necessities that many of us take for granted. “... I’m thankful to live where we do at this point in time.” Not long ago, I read a National Geographic article about how people using the bathroom outdoors is still a huge problem in places like India. Defecating outside wasn’t an issue when populations were low and spread out, but now that there are more people packed together, there has been an increase in diseases from human waste. Even places that have plumbing suffer from regular sewer leakage, and other areas see sewage backup and flooding into their homes every time it rains!
Every day it seems like there’s some new story about how this country is falling apart. People complain about bad politicians while politicians twist narratives and rile people up to advance their own careers. If every story on the internet were true, the country would literally be on fire. But it seems to me that everyone is so busy being outraged, we forgot that we have a lot of things to be grateful for. I’m not saying there aren’t reasons to be frustrated or areas we couldn’t be doing better in, but I think there are a lot of good things that some people either willingly overlook or simply take for granted. Regardless of how you feel about our president, the unemployment rate is less than 4 percent, the lowest it’s been in decades. Less than 0.2 percent of the population is homeless in the United States, far lower than many other developed countries. And just think about how far we’ve come as a society in terms of health and comfort over the last century. Just 150 years ago, only the wealthiest people had any form of indoor plumbing. A bad harvest meant your family might starve in the winter. Today you can walk into your bathroom and get clean in your temperature- optimized home at any time of day, go to your electric fridge to eat something, grab a
It’s an awful situation. These diseases lead to poor nutrition, children with stunted growth, and deadly cholera outbreaks. Poor sanitation and unsafe water kills over 1.4 million children a year worldwide. But this threat isn’t a problem in the United States or other developed countries because of the plumbing and water treatment facilities we never even think about. There are many other great nations in the world, but I’m thankful to live where we do at this point in time. I can take a shower in the morning and my daughters have access to safe, running water — so much of the world doesn’t have that privilege. There are many blessings in my life that I am grateful for.
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