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    Do you realize how fortunate you are.

    I was thinking yesterday how much energy my little family of 3 uses compared to, say, my wifes parents in the country.
    We've got 5 electric fans, 3 aircons, 1 heater, an oven, a microwave, an electric rice cooker, electric water heater, coffee maker, Juicer/grinder, 2 TVs, 2 Videos, stereo, vacuum cleaner, iron and 2 computers.
    Every time I make a meal I think about how much resources go into a meal, when you include the water for washing up and cleaning afterwards as well, not to mention the quantity and quality of food we consume.
    When I think about a poor farmer in west China, or a mother in a slum in india or a father in an overpopulated arid african country i realize how lucky we are to have access to water just by turning a tap, HOT water at that.
    Open the freezer, pull out a couple of steaks, throw them on, boil up some spuds, carrots and onions, quaff a pint of beer or a nice wine while it's cooking.
    A bowl of cereal, fruit, honey and milk for breakfast, freshly brewed coffee, made enough for two cups, but only drank one.
    Somewhere someone is scrambling on a rubbish tip trying to scrounge together something to stop their stomach growling with hunger.
    A comfortable sleep in the cool airconditioned bedroom.
    Some people are trying to sleep on a board but it's too hot.
    Peckish son? here's a tasty sandwich and a glass of fresh milk.
    Do you know how fortunate you are son?
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    I thank God daily

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    I get a buzz out of things like not wasting electricity (we only have aircon in the main and guest bedroom), growing a few of our own fruits and veggies, & raising some fish in the Pond. I suppose thats a little interst that is quite possible when you live in rural Thailand with plenty of time, and it certainly doesn't harm anyone. We even make a few baht off it- peanuts really, but who cares.

    But being self funded, and comfortably able to enjoy a splurge when I feel like it is indeed lucky. No complaints from me.
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    Yep, bloody great, based in BKK, but out and about all over the place, affordable, convienient to markets, bars, transport, have spent long stints in poor countries, still wake up with that stressfull feeling but doesn't last long these days, very fortunate indeed, loving life.

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    I count my blessings every day, and try to educate my children to understand how much they have relative to others. And try, in our own small way, to give something back as often as we can. Excellent post, Dug - something most of us don't think about often enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matchless51 View Post
    Yep, bloody great, based in BKK, but out and about all over the place, affordable, convienient to markets, bars, transport, have spent long stints in poor countries, still wake up with that stressfull feeling but doesn't last long these days, very fortunate indeed, loving life.
    You seem to be missing the point of this thread.

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    I cant belive how lucky I am and as I get older I'm actually worried thats something really shit health wise will happen.

    My mum worked her bolliks off to give me a heads up in life, suffered a massive stroke at 62 and died a horrible prolonged death, Freaked me out and will never forget it.. Fokes one up to see a loved one suffer like that.

    Up side is I don't sweat the small stuff and try mostly to remain positive and keep everything in perceptive.

    But back to being lucky, I was very lucky I had good parents and as far as the other good things in my life I've made my own luck.

    The trick now is to live a long healthy retirement when the time comes.

    Wish me luck.
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    I just have look at my children and know immediately how lucky I am.

    They are my life and the rest is just part of the vehicle along the roller-coaster way.

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    We are the fortunate people in the world.

    Some immigrant Burmese workers told me one time that they would be lucky to come back in their next life as my dog. There was no hint of a smile when they said it. I realized that my dogs have a better life than these people..

    There are millions and millions of people who have absolutely nothing. It doesn't matter how hard they work, they will still have nothing. They didn't start out in life with all the advantages that we had and few will ever catch up. No one has any choice about who they will be born to. We were just very very lucky.

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    We are lucky but others would say we are unlucky. It's all a matter of perspective. Whatever you have, you should be happy you have it no matter how rich or poor you are.

    As for caring about the state of the world or others, I don't think anyone can criticize others about that from a universal perspective. It's all local. For example, every letter/character on TD that you type uses more energy than blank space. White letters use more energy than dark colors. It's not much but it adds up when you write thousands of posts. So a person who writes 'Agree' uses less energy than a person who writes 'I agree' Keep it short and to the point and save the world's energy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    We are the fortunate people in the world.

    Some immigrant Burmese workers told me one time that they would be lucky to come back in their next life as my dog. There was no hint of a smile when they said it. I realized that my dogs have a better life than these people..

    There are millions and millions of people who have absolutely nothing. It doesn't matter how hard they work, they will still have nothing. They didn't start out in life with all the advantages that we had and few will ever catch up. No one has any choice about who they will be born to. We were just very very lucky.
    Sad but true. One people's 'culture' is just another's slavery.

    We are the fortunate people in the world because our forefathers had the guts and guile to stop licking the boot that kicks them; rise up, and overcome tyranny.

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    We haven't overcome tyranny. Only tyrants have. Keep on stickin' to the man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBunyon View Post
    We haven't overcome tyranny. Only tyrants have. Keep on stickin' to the man!
    What the fuck are you on about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaulBunyon View Post
    We are lucky but others would say we are unlucky. It's all a matter of perspective. Whatever you have, you should be happy you have it no matter how rich or poor you are.

    As for caring about the state of the world or others, I don't think anyone can criticize others about that from a universal perspective. It's all local. For example, every letter/character on TD that you type uses more energy than blank space. White letters use more energy than dark colors. It's not much but it adds up when you write thousands of posts. So a person who writes 'Agree' uses less energy than a person who writes 'I agree' Keep it short and to the point and save the world's energy!
    Quite right, and I'm breathing slower to save the planet by reducing CO2.

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    Good thread and worth some thinking. My father grew up much poorer than I did but I still grew up in a upper-poor atmosphere. My daughter now lives a Hi-So life in BKK and it seems as though the problems it creates only grows day by day.

    Wish I had the answer.

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    Fortunate. Indeed.

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    It's abhorrent how much energy certain countries waste. Only this week a chap I know in the US bought his missus a fucking great V8 SUV to drive a mile and a half to work and back every day. The fat bitch should be able to use a bike or walk when the weather is fair and get a Euro/Jap car for when the weather is inclement.

    The day the Chink or the Indians use as much as the Yanks we're all fucked.

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    ^Maybe she can't fit in a Jap car.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davis Knowlton View Post
    ^Maybe she can't fit in a Jap car.
    They're making Toyotas American size now. Seen the Toyota Highlander?

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Some immigrant Burmese workers told me one time that they would be lucky to come back in their next life as my dog.
    The kindly Burmese construction workers near my soi buried my dog (hit by a lorry) in a shallow grave. Probably the best meal they had in months.

    Whatever the circumstances, I just feel content. You gotta learn how to improvise. Always a way to solve problems. Only the stupidos complain. I did well in the jungle; I can do as well in the forest. Am I fortunate? You bet. I have a brain and I know how to use it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dug
    A comfortable sleep in the cool airconditioned bedroom. Some people are trying to sleep on a board but it's too hot.
    Interesting post. Many people living as you describe may find themselves sleeping on the hot board come time to retire.

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    everyday i realize how lucky i am, and we see so much waste with food over here that it reminds me daily about water use etc

    some of the cnuts i work with waste so much food its unreal

    im happy, ive been near down and out so yeah i realize what ive got now is a blessing, love life
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    i realize how blessed i am when i see poor bastards in high density houseing..fuck i,d rather live in a grass hut in the bush than that shit

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