Is our life too easy? Part two
In follow-up to last week’s blog, I find myself wondering what we need to be happy, when we already have it all.
Perhaps material goods are not the key to happiness but what do we need when we have a roof over our head, a plate of food on our table, our health or adequate services to address most of our health issues, electricity, running water, access to information, access to education and a legal system that protects us from flagrant inequalities?
When I watch or hear stories about the terrible things that happen to people very close to us, there is one question I cannot even begin to tackle: what is it like not to be able to protect your child’s life? What is it like to be at the mercy of an irrational army or elements of nature? What do you do and how do you cope? I don’t know.
All I know is that there are people close to us, people like us, who have to answer this question daily. These people probably would not huff if they ran out of Stevia for their coffee or consider themselves unlucky if they couldn’t find parking two blocks from their office. These people are the fabric of change and heroism. These people are the future leaders of change.
The rest of us, my friends, will be reading about them in a Starbucks as we sip our soy latte… It won’t matter if our basic right to privacy is violated. It won’t matter because we have gluten free granola and non-iron shirts. It won’t matter because we have vitamin water. It won’t matter because our daily lives are so weighed down by our wants that have multiplied exponentially, that we don’t even lift our eyes to see the bigger picture. All we need to know we learn on Facebook anyway, right?