How annoying! I had to cook my oatmeal in a pan on the stove! Veggie burgers needed a frying pan and the work level increased! And it took a long long couple of weeks to get a replacement!
There are a lot of situations that annoy me.
The neighbor mows his grass at eight in the morning.
The yard man mows my grass at eight in the morning.
The grocery store doesn’t have rubbing alcohol in stock, or hand sanitizer or toilet paper or bottled water.
The wait at the doctor’s office is over half an hour.
The air conditioner goes out and it’s necessary to live for a couple of days in heat.
Looking over this list, I’m struck by a common thread.
There is nothing in it, absolutely nothing, that is important. These are merely inconveniences for the lucky me whose life is so good that I can afford to fret over minor problems and vexing situations.
How many people are there in this world living day-to-day with no money, often no home or food, no health care, and no expectation things will get better? We hear about the millions upon millions in such circumstances in Africa, Asia, the Middle East. South America, and virtually every area on earth.
Including our own country.
Wouldn’t they love to have the problems I mentioned? Problems that won’t last their entire lives. Ones that will disappear in a couple of weeks.
Our leaders tell us we are the greatest country on earth. Then how can we have so many people living in abject poverty? How can elected officials want to take away the meager healthcare programs that are available instead of expanding them? How can we pay mediocre non-living wages for full-effort work?
I thought for a period of time that our country was on the right track. Unfortunately, nowadays too many of those who can afford to worry about a defunct microwave think that’s more important than the ills suffered by millions of our fellow citizens. We’ve been on a downward track toward polarization and hatred for a long time, with a deep plunge over the past four years. Many would like to wipe out the advances we have made and are working full time to do it.
This trend has to be reversed.
We must remember that having food is more important than having a microwave in which to cook it.