Imagine for a moment you were born in the year 1900:

When you’re 14, World War I begins and ends when you’re 18 with 22 million war dead.

Soon after a global pandemic, the Spanish Flu, appears, killing 50 million people. And you’re alive and 20 years old.

When you’re 29 you survive the global economic crisis that started with the collapse of the New York Stock Exchange, causing inflation, unemployment, The Great Depression and famine.

When you’re 33 years old the Nazis come to power.

When you’re 39, World War II begins; it ends 6 hears later when you’re 45 years old with 60 million dead. Six million of the dead are Jews, killed by Nazis in the holocaust.

When you’re 50, the Korean War begins; it ends when you are 53.
When you’re 65 the Vietnam War begins; it ends when you’re 75.

A child born in 1985 thinks his grandparents have no idea how difficult life is, but knows from school history classes, they have survived several wars and catastrophes.

Today we have all the comforts in a new world, amid a new pandemic. But we complain because we need to wear masks. We complain because we must stay confined to our homes where we have food, electricity, running water. Nowadays, we even have computers, Wi-Fi, home security, Netflix and all kinds of electronic devices, tools and gadgets which didn’t even exist back in the day. Hell, we even shop from home for all imaginable items including our food and it arrives at our door the next day. The pandemic is taking its toll but humanity is surviving the deaths and havoc and we never lost the joy of living.

A small change in our perspective can generate miracles. We should be thankful that we are alive. We should do everything we need to do to protect and help each other.

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