Monday, May 12, 2008

What in the World?

Earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes. Tens of thousands dead; many more without homes ... without anything.

And we complain when the price of gas goes up?

The natural disasters of late do put life in perspective. We sometimes think we know it all; have it all under control. But then life -- real life -- intervenes and suddenly the fact we're paying a little more for our pizza and paying even more to drive to the pizza parlor doesn't seem quite as important.


It's something we all have but don't all share. It's the framework for our approach to life and to society. It shapes who we are and explains why. And, yet, for some, it remains undefined.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

To be fair, most of the people I see complaining about gas and groceries were already struggling to make ends meet before prices rose. We're struggling at my house too, but it's because I'm fortunate enough to be able to do something I love that doesn't pay well (or, technically, at all). It's much less stressful having little money when it's for a reason like that.

But it wasn't that long ago that I was working hard in a field I was tired of and still not making ends meet - only to have our child care arrangement fall through. We had to go to someone much more expensive, and couldn't afford it. I still vividly remember that feeling of being buried slowly, and it's hard to begrudge people their disgruntlement under those circumstances.

Anyone well-off who complains to me about gas prices, though, is sure to earn The Look from me. Not only because of the disasters you mentioned, but because part of the cause for the rise in grocery and gas prices is the rise of foreign economies; people who couldn't afford cars or, say, MEAT, can for the first time. That's something to celebrate, people!