I've spent a lot of times in foreign countries. I've seen people in Bosnia eat the bark off of trees and I claim the Appalachian Trail as a previous address.
I may be jaded but I also realize that for thousands of years, people lived without the luxuries that we now consider necessities. In fact, a recent study just found that what we thought were necessities just last year, we think of as luxuries. Things like cell phones, air conditioning.... Not too long ago, electricity and automobiles were luxuries. Maybe as a result, I think that we can all toughen up just a tiny bit.
In 1st world countries, we have become a spoiled, obese, expectant and fearful group of people
. We have learned to manipulate nature and our philosophies to our benefit, our comfort and our profit, to the detriment of our planet, our society, our ethics, our health, our children and ourselves:
We live in climate controlled 72 degree homes, offices and cars, 12 months a year.
We demand and get, fat and ripe strawberry's grown in Latin America in the middle of February.
We build our homes further into the woods and mountains and then kill the animals who stray into our yards.
We eat beef that has been doped with antibiotics from birth.
We leave our porch lights on all night, not realizing that 130,00 Americans die every year from fine particulate matter spewing from coal plants.