Note, the above title is from an article we direct you to below. We, ourselves, are not in the habit of patronizing hipster coffee shops, but to each his/her/its own. The point is not the location of the author but her thoughts while there. There is plenty to complain about in our country today and plenty do so. Without a doubt, we have participated in our share on this site.
But, that doesn’t mean it is all bad and sometimes it is profitable to take a step back and review the good in our lives. Money is by no means everything, even though some may act or sound like it. There is something to be said for seeking to do good, not just well. Beyond that, it can be beneficial to ask ourselves how or if we care about religion.
From a strictly monetary perspective, an honest appraisal of our status must admit to our great fortune. We can argue about taxes and minimum wage and all the rest, and we should, but when it comes down to it, we are unimaginably fortunate in this country. Even our poor are most often considerably better off than many others around the globe.
The reason for our prosperity is, in a word, capitalism. Some would like to deny that but the truth is The Problem With Capitalism is not Capitalism. If we could do better, it is not because we have been suffering under a capitalistic system but because it has been hampered by government intervention. Despite that, the results have been staggering.We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we've become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology...These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don't give them a second thought. Click To Tweet
Focus on What We Have, Not What We Don’t
Alyssa, a twentysomething cultural and political writer from the Upper Midwest, shares some of her thoughts. Given the posture taken by so many of today’s youth, her voice is refreshing, a forthright and favorable outlook on our material blessings.
“I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.”
Let’s be honest. Do we still have problems? Sure, of course, plenty. But, let’s not focus so entirely on what we don’t have that we miss out on all that we do. You can enjoy this entire piece at Thoughts from a hipster coffee shop….