Upon recently stumbling on a satirical picture online that read: "Will work for food, but I'm vegan," it had triggered thinking of current societal expectations. Although the picture was not intended to be taken in a serious voice, it still had shown a light on what we expect and not on what we should be grateful for.
To start, many of us take our own planet for granted. Although we live on it and use all its bountiful resources, we forget to give back and instead use it solely for our immediate gratification.
On a smaller scale, it can be commonly found that when we ask for favors from others, we sometimes expect for them to go above and beyond when they have nothing to gain from such favors.
In summary, "beggars can't be choosers."
What this phrase means is that anything that is available with no cost cannot be refused for a more quality product for the sole reason that is was given out of generosity. This is not to say that everyone is this way— it is just to say that this problem can also be seen in many current political, social, and economic problems.
In order for our communities, and the country as a whole, to be united, we must accept what we have been given, not as conformers, but as a mature country that is ready to combat war and poverty with open hearts together, never alone.
It can be seen in other countries such as socialist Venezuela, where its innocent youth have to suffer through political and economic turmoil. Compare this to the United States of America, that actually has a substantial amount of corruption that it must combat.
Alternatively, as the American people rage over the next tweet or conceited action of the president, others are losing their lives in the hands of the worst declared terrorist attacks in history, such as in the latest bombing attack in Manchester, England.
Our hearts should not only be with all those that have lost their lives in these merciless attacks, but also should be supporting those that have to go through extreme conditions for the sake of feeding their children.
Next time that you find yourself getting agitated if no ice was added to your drink at a restaurant or complaining about the fluctuating and unpredictable weather—think about the issues that are truly worrisome and let's join hands together against ignorance to global matters.
Let's be grateful, because we are blessed.