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"I think it’s funny that people are constantly saying “First World Problems”… bashfully excusing themselves, as if to dismiss their own emotions as invalid compared to the next person. because of course these problems, the problems stemming from our privileged lives pale in comparison to the problems of real-ass starvation, war, extreme physical suffering.

"Well, of course. Of course. Things could always be harder - everything’s relative. And it’s never good to lose perspective. It helps. It does.

"And OF COURSE the problems of those in the First World are First World Problems. If you’re HAVING them, chances are… that’s where you are.

"Starving people have Starving People Problems, dying people have Dying People Problems, overweight people have Overweight People Problems, white people have White People Problems, black people have Black People Problems, rich people have Rich People Problems, gay people have Gay People Problems, straight people have Straight People Problems…. Are we detecting a pattern?

"Everybody’s got them, period.

"You can’t measure human suffering with a yardstick. those who try to do it end up vindictive, even when they’re trying to be helpful.

"Because the minute you start measuring suffering, you invalidate somebody’s suffering…and that just never works. that’s where the whole shit starts getting ugly.

"Anyone who says “My pain is bigger than your pain” is speaking from fear.
Anyone who says “My feelings are more valid than your feelings” isn’t speaking from empathy.

"The song don’t lie: everybody hurts. everybody suffers, everybody feels pain. and everybody feels it for a different reason on a different day in a different way. And it’s all real….There’s no pain that isn’t valid, there’s no pain that isn’t “real” because somebody has it worse off. Pain is pain. All you can do is feel it, accept it, move on and know that everybody else on this spinning ball of dirt is in the same boat, and we all need to acknowledge each other’s pain, no matter what the package, and no matter how big or small that package appears.

"When we do this, that’s what keeps us compassionate brothers and sisters on Earth.

"Will I occasionally still use the “First World Problems” joke the next time I find myself complaining that the coffee in this bistro is over-roasted?

"Eh, probably.

"Why?

"Because it’s a funny fucking joke."

-- Amanda Palmer, 4/9/12
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