You know you live in a prosperous country when…

We’ve been back in the U.S. for a little more than five months. During those five months we have experienced a many reinculturation events such as walking into Panera Bread and seeing the copious amounts of bread; or downloading media via the internet at blazing speeds; or enjoying “real” peanut butter at a cost that won’t leave you missing an arm and both legs.

Now, I moved on past the reincultration stage into the “You know you live in a prosperous country when…” stage. I’m sure I could get ridiculous with this statement filling pages and pages with them, but I’ll leave that to you in the comment section. (And do be kind and leave a comment.)

The two that I thought of recently go something like this: You know you live in a prosperous country when you marvel at F-16 fighter jets flying over you instead of running for cover. Marveling and running for cover are two vastly different feelings!

Secondly, you know you live in a prosperous country when you sit by a fire for pleasure such as roasting marshmallows rather than using a fire for cooking. Americans do use a fire for cooking from time to time, but it is by choice.  Choice and necessity make a world of difference.

How would you add to this statement: “You know you live in a prosperous country when…”

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4 responses to “You know you live in a prosperous country when…

  1. I was amazed on our last furlough to the States when I went to a department store to buy a pair of Khaki pants. I was so overwhelmed by the amount of choices in style, color, texture, fabric blends, etc, that i couldn’t even make a choice and finally just asked Melissa to pick out a pair. So, I guess “You know you live in prosperous country when your choice of Khaki pants is more than simply the one on display in the doorway.”

  2. Chris Winkler

    You know you live in a prosperous country when…the lights are on every night and you don’t have to scramble to get things done just because you happen to have electricity. (That’s probably why we thought Cameroon was a prosperous country when we were there last week…almost 24/7 electricity!)

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