Your Problems Aren’t Really Problems

Last night, I watched a documentary on Liberia:

Let me tell you, things over there are completely out of whack. It’s a dystopic territory full of civil war atrocities and asinine behavior. It’s definitely a documentary that opens viewers up to real problems our world faces.

It certainly makes many of the issues we face as Americans seem incredibly trivial. Not to downplay anyone’s hardships, but after watching this you will see your own problems in a whole new light.

For comparison:

America has political leaders wrapped in red tape, that tweet “absurd” comments. Liberia has virtually no leadership. Their establishment is at risk of rebel warlords willing to kill innocent people and eat the hearts of children. (Not an exaggeration)

America’s youth seem to have questionable values at time; kids sometimes act out in school. Liberia’s population is roughly 80% illiterate. Adolescents there are incredibly malnourished, involved in gun activity and smoke heroin.

Women fight for equal pay down to the dollar in America while nearly 70% of women in Liberia have been raped; many of them are “sex workers” and make a living this way.

Insert whatever American problem here _________. Liberians literally use their beaches as public bathrooms because they have no sanitation system or health infrastructure. They search through mounds and mounds of trash looking for food — not far from where they shit.

1 US Dollar is equal to about 100 Liberian Dollars. Liberia is one of the top 5 poorest countries.

We are so fortunate

Of course, the problems we face are still problems nonetheless; we shouldn’t disregard our issues because things are bad in other parts of the world.

However, when you consider a place such as Liberia, it makes our struggles seem a whole lot more tolerable.

Next time you’re irritated by traffic or upset because you can’t afford a new “whatever,” take a moment to consider all the privileges and great things we do have as Americans.

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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Alec Zaffiro

Alec Zaffiro

Bored, uneducated, homeless — em dashes are my specialty. I write what I see, think, and feel. That’s it.

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