Sometimes we don’t know how good we’ve got it until it’s gone. Case in point: Just a few short years ago, everything seemed so positive in the world. OK, sure, there were trouble spots here and there, but for the most part we were all pretty happy, and most people didn’t have to think about anything that made them uncomfortable if they didn’t really want to. One bad election and an infamous September day later, and everything changed.
But perhaps we should ask ourselves: Was our sense of all-is-right-with-the-world real? Or were we downplaying those trouble spots – and our guilty consciences – in our bid to consume ourselves silly? Perhaps the answer lies in the world’s response to the tsunami disaster. The unprecedented outpouring of relief signals a new kind of global awareness. For the first time in a long time, we saw countries competing over who was giving the most, instead of competing to see how much they could get. Perhaps it takes living in the shadow of war, of corporate greed, of ecological rape and nationalistic folly on a global scale to remind us that we are all human, after all.