I coined this term “first-world privilege” after the podcast and I wish I said it on the air. But basically what I am saying is compared to third world citizens, everyone in American who gets to eat out at Taco Bell and has a Facebook account is incredibly privileged, even if they are relatively (by American standards) poor, and worked hard all their lives.
Secondly, I think the concept of “hard work” is thrown around a lot by people, and I have a news flash for most of them. You don’t know what hard work is. Granted working 12-16 hour days, or doing hard labor, or working in the heat is certainly hard work. However at least in America you are compensated for that work in a reasonable way. Compare that to hard work in Mexico, Thailand or Zimbabwe and your perspective should change. Not only is slavery a real thing in other parts of the world, but having no actual options other than working in some slum fishery for $2 a week with no hope of ever “making it” no matter how hard you work… That is a form of hard work that Americans cannot possible understand. So before anyone tells refugees to “stop being lazy” please check yourself. No everyone had the same starting line.