Whenever something awful happens, we’re always told to think about how much better off we are than others. “There’s always someone worse off than you”.
That philosophy doesn’t sit hugely well with me.
It screams of a type of arrogance; “look at other people’s lives and thank your lucky stars that you’re not one of them”.
At what point does it become unreasonable to say that? We used to look at people in Africa, the famines of Ethiopia when I was younger, and told to be thankful we had food….has this come back to haunt us now with food banks becoming rife in the U.K.?
On a lesser level, post divorce, I am constantly told “atleast you didn’t have children”. It’s irritating; Why should I feel as though I am in a luckier position than someone who did?