The Common Good

Let's Not Laugh (Too Much) At #SochiProblems: Just Say 'No' To Poverty Porn

Date: February 10, 2014

At this moment, I’ve been living in one of the poorest countries in the world for one year, three months, and two days.

I can’t use the tap water to rinse my toothbrush, much less to drink. All of the water we use must go through a high-quality, Swiss-made ceramic filter. But that’s quite a luxury, really, since one of those filters costs half a year’s salary for the average worker here...

As Stephen Mattson wrote in a post for Sojourners’ God’s Politics blog, reveling in #SochiProblems really feels like “Hey, let’s laugh about how other people actually live.”

Or — more accurately — how many (probably most) people in the would be lucky and grateful to live.