No Time to Whine

It seems that every time I look on the Internet at sites like Oregon Catalyst or read any major newspaper, people are complaining and whining about something. I wondered if it might be worthwhile to take a look at few statistics before we continue this “woe is me stuff” any longer.1. The annual gross national income per capita for the United States is $45,000. In Cambodia the gross national income per capita is $480. (World Bank) Half the world — nearly 3 billion people — live on less than two dollars per day. (United Nations)

2. If your children are growing at a normal rate you are more fortunate than the parents of the estimated 178 million children per year whose growth is stunted due to malnutrition. (World Health Organization)

3. A survey conducted by Freedom House that ranks religious, political, and civil freedoms found only four countries in the world with a top ranking in all three categories: Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, and the United States. No where else in the world could you be any freer.

4. If you live through the day you are more fortunate than the estimated 153,000 people who will die today.

5. If you have running water and a toilet you are doing much better than the 1.1 billion people with inadequate water and the 2.6 billion lacking basic sanitation. (United Nations)

6. If your children went to school both you and they are better off than the 121 million children worldwide who have no school to attend. (UNICEF)

7. If you can read this article you are better off than over one billion people in the world who entered the 21st century unable to either read or write. (UNICEF)

Spend a couple minutes seriously thinking this through. I bet you won’t be so upset about that ATM fee, the 2 minute wait at Starbucks, the traffic jam, or even those crazy politicians in Salem.

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  • Kathryn Hickok

    Right on!

  • RinoWatch

    While you articulate well, 1-7, they Do Not extend to “those crazy politicians in Salem” for them to roll over us so fortunate to be alive.

    And while I’m alive, and “those crazy politicians in Salem” continue their disingenious and arrogant ways, please don’t consider it “whining” but rather, Vigilance towards Self Preservation…..

  • CRAWDUDE

    The Starbucks wait is fine but I’m still annoyed about the ATM fee.

    I do agree with your basic point though. I’ve seen the poorest of poor and richest of rich in my travels. Panama, Turkey, Iceland, Saudi Arabia ( those people suck!) , Turkey, Germany, Azores, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Utah………..and Canada, lol!

    I very much appreciate the freedoms and life I have here in the states. In many coutires (including European), their “middle class” would barely qualify as our low income.

    That is why I get so incensed when I hear people who won’t work, complain about the free benefits they recieve as an American ,not being enough. They have no idea what poor is!

    Is this country still great? Yes, it is! Is it still the freeist? Yes, it is!

    Is it whining to believe that it could easily be better by making some common sense and intelligent changes to wasteful practices? I don’t believe so.

  • cc

    “Is it whining to believe that it could easily be better by making some common sense and intelligent changes to wasteful practices? I don’t believe so.”

    Nor do I.

    Calling dissent “whining” is just a crude attempt to stifle debate.

    We all know where THAT leads.

  • John Fairplay

    It’s not that hard to tell the difference between whining and dissent. For instance, those who vocally oppose the Iraq war but offered nary a peep during President Clinton’s various military dalliances are whining. Those who take a principled stand against violence – anti-Iraq war, anti-abortion, anti-death penalty – are dissenting. It is consistency, and only consistency, that defines dissent.

    • dean

      John…so you leave no room for a person to change one’s mind, or to become active on an issue at any point in a process? And, you assume one has to be down the line on a set of issues to oppose a single issue?

      I don’t know very many who live by your standard. President Clinton’s ‘military daliances” as you call them cost very little in American lives and treasure but accomplished peace. President Bush’s cost a lot and accomplished little if anything, possibly having left us worse off.

      But there I go whining again.

  • pk2

    Jerry notes, “If you live through the day you are more fortunate than the estimated 153,000 people who will die today.”

    My note, Be glad you are not dead? I suppose if you live by that standard you will not be dissapointed, and by the time you are dead you wont be able to be dissapointed. Zany.

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