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"Alright, look, I'm actually not big on the "First World Problems!" meme, aka the hipster version of "Finish your dinner, there are people starving in China!" Yes, thank you, I'm aware that I am part of a class/culture for whom the prospects of winding up genuinely destitute are overall pretty slim. That I would have to fall pretty far and then on downward through every crack in the social safety net to even approach the level of desperation that many poor souls throughout the world live every day. And y'know what? The (mutually acknowledged) fact that I can't possibly conceive of that level of suffering means that you pointing out that my problems aren't comparable isn't going to have any tangible effect on me. It's not going to make me feel better, it's not going to give me perspective, it's not going to shame me into joining the Peace Corps. The only thing it does is help you thread the impressive paradox of simultaneously feeling somehow morally righteous while snark-shaming someone who just told you they were in the midst of a problem."
Bob "Moviebob" Chipman, Death By Boring

"I wonder how people so deeply troubled by the "worse things in the world" find time to stop building hospitals and tweet."

"Telling people that you can't be sad because other have it worse is like telling them they can't be happy because other have it better."

"So, quit complaining. Okay? You are rich with TV. Remember, Marie Antoinette may have lived in a palace, but she never got to watch The Learning Channel."
Stephen Colbert, The Colbert Report, "The Word: Channel Serfing", refuting arguments against raising the minimum wage.

"In a small town, there may be no venues for performing arts aside from country music bars and churches. There may only be two doctors in town — aspiring to that job means waiting for one of them to retire or die. You open the classifieds and all of the job listings will be for fast food or convenience stores. The "downtown" is just the corpses of mom and pop stores left shattered in Walmart's blast crater, the "suburbs" are trailer parks. There are parts of these towns that look post-apocalyptic.

I'm telling you, the hopelessness eats you alive.

And if you dare complain, some liberal elite will pull out their iPad and type up a rant about your racist white privilege. Already, someone has replied to this with a comment saying, 'You should try living in a ghetto as a minority!' Exactly. To them, it seems like the plight of poor minorities is only used as a club to bat away white cries for help. Meanwhile, the rate of rural white suicides and overdoses skyrockets. Shit, at least politicians act like they care about the inner cities."

Frank: You don't know how good you've got it, buddy! I saw on the news there was a guy in New Jersey who chopped his whole family up!
Kevin: Oh, so either you or an axe murderer? Those are my only two options?
F is for Family, "Frank the Father"

"Always something happening, and nothing going on.
There's always something cooking, and nothing in the pot.
They're starving back in China, so finish what you got"
John Lennon, "Nobody Told Me"


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