We are spoiled in this country. We have always had lower gas prices than most of the world. Europe was paying $4 per gallon years ago. When we have to pay that much we whine and pitch a fit.
I don't like paying these prices any more than anyone else, but perhaps we need a different perspective.
Do we think that we are special? That we somehow deserve to have low gas prices? Maybe all of this political finagling we do in the Middle East is supposed to earn us some kind of favor?
Well, the truth is, we still have lower prices than most of the world. They may be higher than we would like to pay, but they are lower by as much as $5 per gallon!
An article I read said that we still spend more on gas because we drive more and we drive gas-guzzling vehicles.
This isn't about the politics of fuel. Although I personally would love for us to break our dependence on foreign oil. I would love for us to break our dependence on fossil fuels altogether. But thats really beside the point.
The point is we are spoiled. I love America, but sometimes I am ashamed of the American mentality. We are a spoiled and gluttonous nation. We seem to think that we automatically deserve better and more than anyone else, just because of who we are.
Remember WWII and how the entire nation pitched in and sacrificed for the sake of the country? Can you imagine the reaction if we were asked to make those kind of sacrifices now?
This is not an attack on the USA. Don't misunderstand me, please. But I am saying that maybe we need some introspection. What is our own personal attitude about these things? If we are Christians, we need to be sure our attitudes are in line with Christ's, right?
And if our attitudes are right, then we need to pray for the rest of our countrymen. And maybe we can learn some things from people around the world. Drive less. Drive smaller. Walk more. Bike more. Roll with the punches a bit better.
(I don't know what is up with these bullets! I didn't want them and I can't get rid of them. But I'll roll with it. These bullets are nothing compared to those some people have to deal with, right?)
All in all we are still very blessed as a nation. We have much to be thankful for and I for one would like to turn my mind toward those things rather than the things I would like to see change.