I never mean to disparage people with real problems; those that have come through some terrible suffering at some time in their life.
What I mainly view on the Internet (yes, Twitter) are complaints from people that wouldn’t know suffering if they passed it on the sidewalk. Oh, wait a minute, that’s exactly what they do; step around it, cross the street.
Suffering for many here in the west is not having the latest gadget or their liquor cabinet needs restocking. Wait! Can’t get a reservation at my favorite restaurant? How will I make it through the evening?
I think that the rest of the world, if they had the resources and energy to laugh at us, would. We discuss “privilege” in the west and forget that all of us, compared to a lot of people in the world, are privileged. We’re so obsessed with class, while stuffing our mouths, turning on the air conditioning or heat, finishing that craft beer, we’ve lost sight that there are a several billion people in the world that would love to be suffering as much as we are.
So next time you want to try and insult someone by referring to them as Privileged, take a look in the mirror first.