I live in Canada, which is seen as a rich country. The country to the south of us, the United States, also falls into this category.
As a writer, I've been blessed that my work has touched so many lives in so many corners of the world. I receive many letters. An enormous amount of them come from places where it isn't as good as we have it here. Yet these letters are filled with hope and optimism.
Terror and fear are daily occurrences in countries like India and [PNG] Papua New Guinea j or in many numerous countries on the continent of Africa. Yet when I read the letters from people living in these and many more places, their passion is overwhelming. You also learn a great respect for their rich, individual heritages.
You look at Papua New Guinea and discover it has over 800 languages. Each province has more than 20 different languages. Not all of them have the same dialect and the only language that they all can speak and understand is called "Pidgin English."
800 languages means that they also have this number of different customs and traditions. All just loaded with culture and character.
North America is the richest of nations, yet, for the most part, our culture is one of excess and excuses.
For so many, we have a hard time speaking one language. We have bigger houses and bigger broken homes. Divorce is the norm. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We've learned how to make a living but not a life.
It's time that we stop our spoiled, self-centered ways. Time we look in the mirror at our fat selves. Weak with character, high with cholesterol.
- Time we wake up.
- Time we learn that life isn't about 'things'.
- Time that we use our rich resources for positive change.
- Time we give back.
- Help others.
- Time our lives are filled with purpose.
We must remember what they fought for. If we do not, the sacrifice of those lives will be meaningless. They died for us. For their homes and families and friends. For a collection of traditions they cherished. And a future they believed in. They died for us.
They died for this?
We should be ashamed of ourselves.
Now this is something to tweet about. This is something to post on Facebook.
Copyright © 2010 Miles Patrick Yohnke
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