Spare a Thought For Those Who Suffer in the World

One of the suffering after the Haitian earthquake

For those who wish to complain for every little thing in their lives, please spare a thought for those who are less well off than yourself.

  • Do you have a roof over your head?
  • Do you get to eat three square meals a day?
  • Do you have a nice warm bed to sleep in?
  • Are you in constant danger from being killed violently because of war or internal conflict in your country?
  • Are you in danger of losing everything you possess, including your family, because of a natural disaster?

If you can answer favourably to all the above questions, what right do you have to complain?

There are people, as you should all know by now, who have recently lost their home, possessions, and much more importantly, family in the Haiti earthquake.

Don’t you think they have a right to complain?

Let us also put the Haiti disaster in perspective and forget the media circus, false shows of sorrow and charitable events held by celebrities looking to be flavour of the month.

Have we forgotten that before the disaster Haiti was considered the poorest nation on earth, where people were living in abject poverty for all to see?

Where were the people and developed nations to help, and who are now, in aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, scrambling to get on TV to win the ‘Best Philanthropist of the Year Award 2010’?

Probably too busy complaining about: not being able to buy that car they have always wanted; not being able to go on holiday three times a year instead of the one; or even not being able to find a country they can invade and steal profitable resources from.

Then again, maybe I’m being a tad unfair in my criticisms of the people who are actually trying to help while I sit on my butt writing down my thoughts.

But in any case, let us also not forget the other disasters dispensed by the hands of nature and Man in other parts of the world.

Have you forgotten the continuous famine and civil wars that ravage the once mighty continent of Africa?

Every minute a baby dies in their mother’s weakened arms because of malnutrition or other preventable diseases.

What about the avoidable wars in Iraq and Afghanistan?

Innocent people being slaughtered like cattle by supposed men of reason who use the folly of war to make a profit.

Don’t also forget the long and often deadly occupation of Palestine by the Israelis, where again, innocent men, women and children are either shot or blown to bits by inhuman acts of violence from both sides; Countless homes are bulldozed like a stack of cards by Israeli tanks who couldn’t care less for property much less the shattered lives of the owners themselves.

And the suffering and hardship goes on, and it’s the same the world over, no matter where you may choose to look.

But you will never choose to look, will you?

Why should you even pay any mind to other people’s misfortunes whilst you are safe in your precious and safe little bubble of superficiality.

Let me remind you that despite these people’s suffering they continue living the best way they can, displaying their hearts of courage to us privileged souls as an example on how to rise above devastating adversity – those of which that we can only but imagine.

The amazing thing about these people who continue to suffer daily are that most of them continue smiling with joy and rarely complain about what fate has chosen to give to them in their lives.

What great inspiration we can all take from these magnanimous human beings!

So always keep in mind on how fortunate you really are before you complain about  every petty thing that happens in your life.

Please spare a thought, my friend, spare a thought.

I guarantee that will stop any complaints you may have in its tracks, and you will be instead thankful for the luxuries you have in your life when compared to the forgotten people who suffer and live in total privation.

Never forget – remove your ignorance.

This is your lesson for today and for life: To raise both your consciousness and conscience, so to live a more contented and compassionate life filled with much wisdom.


  1. Lauren says:

    I definitely complain more than I should, but at the same time, I feel that I do take the time to appreciate what I have, especially in comparison to people in poor, tumultuous countries.

    Thanks for the reminder to be appreciative.

  2. Fatima Da says:

    Jim Rohn says for things to change we have to change. “People who soar are those who refuse to sit back, sigh and wish things would change. They neither complain of their lot nor passively dream of some distant ship coming in. Rather, they visualize in their minds that they are not quitters; they will not allow life’s circumstances to push them down and hold them under.”~TExist

    Complain! …nothing can compare to the recent disaster in Haiti..That in itself is enough for us to show gratitude and remove ignorance like you have mentioned …..

  3. Jason Cooper says:

    Hi Lauren and Fatima,

    Thank you both for your insightful and compassionate comments.

    We as human being need to feel responsible for how the state of the planet is – if we all felt this responsibility, we would then want to do something about.

    So we must learn to change ourselves before changing the world, no matter how utopian that may sound.

  4. “Live simply so others may simply live.” This old bumper sticker slogan, popular in the 60s, has now fizzled into obscurity. Not because it’s trite or shallow, but because nobody follows it. But what a richer, better world it’d be if we did.

  5. Jason Cooper says:

    Totally agree with you, my friend.

    I guess people just want to live a complicated but difficult life for some reason…unfortunately for most us, common sense is one such possession that we cannot buy.