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What if you had never been born?
Every memory, person, place and event you've ever experienced would be completely different.
Your day to day decisions send ripples across our culture with much more impact than you could ever imagine.
What if social media was never invented? What if the internet itself was never created?
If you're reading this then there's a fair chance you're living in a developed country with access to Web 2.0 infrastructure. The Internet likely plays some role in your daily life in one way or another.
If you were to ask yourself the question “What am I grateful for?”, what answer would arise?
Let us begin with the necessities:
Do you have access to clean drinking water?
Do you have access to a local market of food?
Do you live in a safely constructed home?
Do you have a bed to sleep in at night?
Does your home have running water? What about electricity?
Do you have access to the Internet? How fast is your bandwidth?
Do you live in a country where you can say what you believe without being imprisoned?
Do you live in a country where you can practice your religion without being persecuted?
Once again I ask the reader to contemplate on the implications of such questions. In the modern western world many live in immense luxury. What was once reserved only for the highest elites has now been decentralized to almost every single home.
Once upon a time we had to transfer physical paper by horseback just to talk to each other; Communication has been gifted to the masses and countless individuals have been empowered. We’ve seen these implications echo everywhere from the Arab Spring to the Pearl River Delta and even the 2020 US Presidential Election.
When you reach the end of your life what will stand out as the highest sources of gratitude?
Let us take a moment of gratitude more often.