It was suggested to me to remember those who are suffering due to the current economic downturn. I have a problem with that. What is the definition of suffering? How much have we had to sacrifice because our economy is a little less that idea? Has the black plague infected our population, or do we have to down grade our cable package? Are we really talking about suffering, or just a little inconvenience? Has anyone had to go out daily and hunt their food, or is the shopping cart just a little less full? Are we out seeking shelter from the elements, or do we just have to turn the thermostat up a degree or two?
Let's face it, we are hardly suffering. We can practice our religion without persecution, we can openly speak our mind, food is readily available, and even if we are indigent healthcare is available to us. There is plenty of shelter available to everyone who seeks it, and our possessions are protected from anarchy by the rule of law.
Perhaps some cannot live the lifestyle they wish, but a diminished 401K is inconvenient not a sacrifice. We are not unprotected from attacks from wild animals, nor under the immediate threat of a communist dictator. Our homes are lighted by electricity, not by candles we had to make and secure the wax for. Not one of us has been nailed to a cross for our belief. I'm thinking this is just a bit of inconvenience and as resilient as we are, it's just a bump in the road. Buck it up cupcake!