We live in a world where people live in different worlds. Our world is one of automation, ingenuity, commerce and convenience. Others aren’t so fortunate. In fact, it’s interesting to note the things that we think of as “problems” that occur in our daily lives compared with the problems people in some other parts of the world face.
The problems of a First World Country:
Metro was late.
It snowed but work/school wasn't canceled.
Microwave burned out.
A dog crapped on the lawn. You don't have a dog.
Printer jammed and ate the last sheet of paper.
iPhone screen is cracked. Again.
Phone company raised your bill.
Car won't start and AAA won’t be there for an hour.
There's a mosquito in your bedroom.
Elevator is down so you have to take the stairs.
You can't get a table at a new restaurant.
The middle seat on a sold out flight is all that's left.
You have indigestion from eating too much.
Someone didn't replenish the toilet paper.
Light bulb blew out.
Cable is down and Game of Thrones starts in 5 minutes.
Your shoe fell apart on a rainy day.
The bananas rotted on the counter.
The air conditioning doesn't work.
Is this product non-GMO?
Starbucks got your name wrong.
Found out I'm gluten-free.
Lost a filling and you can't get an appointment till tomorrow.
It takes too long to get cold water out of the faucet.
Can't decide on which frame you want for your glasses.
The wine you ordered isn't what you expected.
The problems of a Third World Country:
Hunger: More than 870 million people of the entire third world population have no food to eat i.e. more than the population of the U.S. and the European Union combined.
War: Most of the countries that fall in the third world category are either facing heavy corruption or buried deep under the ashes of war. Civil wars, cold wars and war on religion are fought no matter how pitiful a country’s condition.
Health Care: The numbers of women, children and men that die every year because of lack of preventable health care services are increasing. More than 800 million people have no access to health care. As health care isn’t readily available everywhere in the world, this is why most of the world’s population dies of preventable diseases like the common cold and diarrhea.
HIV/AIDS and other diseases. HIV is on the verge of becoming the greatest epidemic some of the third world countries have ever seen. Around 40 million people are living with AIDS. 65 percent out of them are women. According to research, about 90 percent of all children and 60 percent of all women affected by HIV are living in sub-Saharan Africa. As for other diseases, more than 11 million children die each year from preventable health issues such as malaria, diarrhea and pneumonia.
Agriculture. More than half the population of all the developing nations in the world depend on agriculture or farming for survival and for at least two meals a day. That is almost 75 percent of the world’s poorest people, approx. 1.4 billion women, children and men. However, an even more intriguing fact is that 50 percent of hungry people are farming families, but they do not have the expertise to farm enough to sustain themselves. A lot of internationally acclaimed projects are carried out every year in order to train and empower these people from such countries to help them learn to live off Agriculture.
Electricity. A quarter or more of the entire human population have no electricity and live in darkness after sunset. Approximately 1.6 billion people do not know that electricity exists. They are technically still living in the Stone Age. They have no computers, no internet and no appliances.
Drinking water. Imagine feeling thirsty and not having any water around you. No taps. No department stores. No pools. No lakes. Not even a river. And no, no bottled water. More than a billion people do not have adequate access to clean drinking water. An estimated 400 million of these are children.
Poverty. Poverty is one of the reasons why third world countries are called third world countries. If people weren’t poor, they would be able to live above the poverty line. Poverty means living on $2.50 a day. Extreme poverty is living on a $1.25 or less. According to the UN approx. 22,000 children die each day in such countries due to poverty.
So next time you can’t catch Game of Thrones, or they spell your name wrong at Starbucks, be thankful that you even have the luxury to be annoyed about that.