Why we are truly blessed to live in New Zealand


We live in paradise in New Zealand. We live in a country where anyone no matter what their skin colour, religion or income is can take their family to the beach the lake, the river or the bush to enjoy our beautiful natural environment. The problems that we do have need to be put into perspective by looking at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.


Maslow’s hierarchy of needs

Many of the problems and issues that people in New Zealand complain about are high up the pyramid. They complain about being offended by what others say or do. Most do not complain about basic needs like shelter, water, and food. If they do complain it is usually about the standard of their shelter and the quality of their food. No one literally starves in New Zealand. Our welfare system ensures that.

Have a look at our local news. Yesterday there was a headline about a boy who is in trouble for building a pillow fort. This is truly a first world problem.

In America, a woman was offended by the above display in a shop. She decided that it was offensive. She decided that raw cotton as a decoration is unacceptable because a long time ago it was picked by slaves. The fact that she saw that as a problem reveals how high up Maslow’s hierarchy of needs she is.

It is only in countries where people live well that they can afford to spend time and energy on finding things to be offended about. I can’t imagine my Great Grandmother who was a pioneer in the outback of Australia worrying about how a shop display might offend someone. She was too busy sending her grandson (my father) out with two bullets and a gun telling him that he’d better bring home two rabbits for dinner and that if he didn’t he would only get one bullet next time.

Our problems are dreams for much of the world. It isn’t our “privilege” that is disturbing — it is our lack of gratitude and perspective.

For people to take their time to worry about a bunch of cotton in a vase — in a store in which 85% of Americans will not be shopping — should show us that most are not spending their time searching for ways to simply feed their families or find a roof over their head.

-The Blaze

New Zealanders are privileged. Even our poor can afford takeaways and Sky television and expensive habits like cigarettes. The houses some complain about look like palaces to people living in shanty towns in other countries where sewage runs raw in the street and they search for food in rubbish heaps.

New Zealand does have some real issues right now, but what some New Zealanders call “problems” would be considered blessings in other parts of the world. If we have the time and energy to complain about people’s feelings and how many genders there are we are clearly not worried about the basics of life.


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