The "For Better or Worse" comic strip in the Oct. 25 Journal should be required reading by every complainer in our country.
Mike and Elizabeth are lounging and snacking, presumable watching TV, and complaining "it's not fair" because they live in a "plain ordinary stoopid house"while their friends have an indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna, etc. Outside we see two homeless men wondering where they're going to get something to eat and where they can sleep.
According to Gibbon and Toynbee, one of the signs of decline common to 21 of the last great empires before they disappeared from world history was an increase in materialism and selfish luxury. In our pursuit of happiness we never seem to have enough and we take for granted blessings which were unheard of in previous millenniums, such as electricity and private indoor plumbing. Today we have smart phones and can talk to people around the globe and even send pictures of ourselves. We are blessed with libraries, hospitals and doctors, police protection, and freedoms not enjoyed in other nations.
Even the homeless men depicted in the comic strip can go to agencies who help the needy. We have a problem with increasing obesity while children in other countries scrounge for something to eat in garbage dumps.
Shouldn't we be getting on our knees and thanking almighty God for all our blessings instead of whining and protesting? - Shirley Anderson, Sioux City