I’d like to introduce the above video by first mentioning another video; I’m sure many of you have had the opportunity to watch this. I, along with millions of other people, laughed out loud as the video pokes fun of first world citizens and their daily melodrama. And yet, part way through the laugh, I couldn’t help but detect a speck of hidden truth in all the senseless complaining I sometime do. Indeed, the irony was far from lost.
And that truth came out loud and clear with First World Problem Anthem (the above video). It captures people from underdeveloped countries complaining about first world problems – their harsh reality is sharply contrasted to what they’re saying.
This video was made by the organization Water is Life. Their mission is: “To provide life-giving clean water solutions and WASH programs to schools and villages in developing countries through innovative sustainable water solutions in partnership, to scale our impact globally”. And although there is no irony in this video there is still a great deal to learn about the differences between those that were born in a comfortable, “first world” country, and those that were born in a less comfortable, “underdeveloped country”. Let us all, “developed” and “underdeveloped” alike, join forces along with Water is Life, to help improve living.
As the video states, most of the first world problems are not real problems. But the lack of water is. In many parts of the world, water does matter but it is nowhere to be found. Let’s be thankful for the water that we have.