This was written by steve Williams.
We are rich. From the standpoint of material wealth, Americans have difficulty realizing how rich we are. However, going through the little "mental exercise" suggested by Robert Heilbroner, can help us to count our blessings. Imagine doing the following, and you will see how daily life is for as many as a billion people in the world.
1. Take out all the furniture in your home except for one table and a couple of chairs. Use blankets and pads for beds.
2.Take away all of your clothing except for your oldest dress or suit, shirt or blouse. Leave only one pair of shoes.
3.Empty the pantry and the refrigerator, except for a small bag of flour, some sugar and salt, a few potatoes, some onions, and a dish of dried beans.
4.Dismantle the bathroom, shut off the running water, and remove all the electrical wiring in your house.
5.Take away the house itself and move the family into the tool shed
6.Place your house in shantytown.
7.Cancel all subscrptions to newspapers, magazines, and book clubs.
8.Leave only one radio for the whole shantytown.
9.Move the hearest hospital or clinic ten miles away, and put a midwife in charge instead of a doctor.
10.Throw away your bankbooks, stock certificates, pension plans, and insurance policies. Leave the family a cash hoard of $10.
11.Give the head of the family a few acres to cultivate on which he can raise a few hundred dollars on cash crops, of which one third will to to the landlord and one tenth to the moneylenders.
12.Lop off 25 or more years in life expectancy.
By comparison, how rich we are! And with our wealth come responsibility to use it wisely, not to be wasteful, and to be sure to help others.
Think on these things.
I hope you put back your house in order!!!