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You think YOU have a PROBLEM?

Clayton Cramer’s Blog posted a link (last night) to an Internet site wherein self-absorbed folk can complain about problems of the Modern World, e.g. My waitress didn’t write down the order, and now I’m afraid she will screw it up. or The free car my dad gave me has leather seats, but I am a vegan.
Funny?  Yes and no.

Here is said link:  First World Problems 

I was reminded of the Robert Bly story, wherein Bly was 17, and working cleaning
up a restaurant after hours.
The only other worker was the old bookkeeper. 
And Bly kept whining about not being out with his friends, what a problem it was.
Eventually, the old bookkeeper confronted him, and said:
“Do you have a roof over your head?  Food in your belly?  If you don’t,
these are problems,…everything else is just an inconvenience.
Then the old man showed Bly the numbers tattooed on his arm. 
Point made.

h/t Clayton Cramer

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


2 thoughts on “You think YOU have a PROBLEM?

  1. I read this passage in a book yesterday and I haven't been able to get it out of my head. It's part of a letter Dostoevsky wrote to his brother Mikhail describing how he and some other revolutionaries were taken out to be shot:"They barked orders over our heads, and they made us put on the white shirts worn by persons condemned to execution. Being the third in the row, I concluded I had only a few minutes of life before me. I thought of you and your dear ones, and I contrived to kiss Plestcheiev and Dourov, who were next to me, to bid them farewell. Suddenly, the troops beat a tattoo, and we were unbound….and informed that his Majesty…had spared our lives."It was this episode that changed him into a great writer. Before his arrest he was only good but minor writer with a touchy and selfish personality. His arrest and imprisonment made him realize that being bored, miserable, etc. is a form of being childish and spoiled.Anyway, your post made me think of that, probably because it was already on my mind. Hope you don't mind this long-winded post.

    Posted by Tomi | June 29, 2011, 7:22 am
  2. Not a problem. Comments are always invited!Check out the link. These folks-if they're serious-are just sad.

    Posted by Guffaw in AZ | June 29, 2011, 7:25 am

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