Could we possibly stop using the phrase "first world problem?"
posted by GenjiandProust to Etiquette/Policy at 7:41 AM (296 comments total)
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to come to my attention, but, really, is there any time when it isn't pretty much "your trauma sucks" with an extra helping of mocking the afflicted?
Maybe this just hit home because it's the end of the semester, and I work with students, many of whom are very stressed out. However, the tactic is always pernicious and sneering; yes, there are plenty of people in the Third World who have enormous problems caused/compounded by unequal resources, global economic/political maneuvering, religious/ethnic/cultural issues, and so on, but are those problems so great that people in the First World should just shut up because their issues and traumas are not "worthy" enough? People feel what they feel and suffer what they suffer, and glibly belittling that is not really helpful. If you are not engaged by any particular problem, maybe making your own FPP about a problem that interests you would be more productive? Because nobody wins in the Misery Race.