Our neighbor has a maid. Her father is in the province and he is dying. She doesn't think she would be able to spend Christmas with her father because she doesn't have enough money for travel fare. She has been sending money to their province and wasn't able to save money for the trip going back to their province. There's also this lady who won't be able to go home to her family this Christmas because of the same problem. When I heard these stories, it broke my heart. I felt so sorry for them and I also felt so sorry for myself because I can't help them.
Then, it hit me. What is it with owing new gadgets? I have nothing against anyone who follows the latest trends. I, myself would love to own an iPhone 4. :) But, does owning the latest gadgets bring us contentment? After having one (or both) of those things, then what happens next? There will be a series of "oohs" and "ahhs" from everyone you know? If you're a student, you'll be popular in school and be labelled as a "rich kid"? The approving looks of people you pass by? Do you want people to be jealous of you? When I tried to weigh the situations of those people from different walks of life, it made me think that sometimes, what we think are "problems" are nothing compared to the problems of those who are less fortunate. It also makes me think that we tend to be trivial and selfish. I know it's part of human nature, but it's just sad.
Whatever happened to that time when people found joy and beauty in the simplest things?
It's really sad. Really, really sad for me.