“I’ve been living here 3 years. This is my third year.”
Yeah. How do you like the winter?
“Oh it’s bad. I don’t like it. Where I’m from, I worked at a tea shop in India. It’s not like here, like big and crazy tea and coffee shop, but it was small…”
Probably really quaint.
“Yeah. It was not crazy like here, but it was nice. It was peaceful. Back there, I would be in my shirt and shorts to go pick tea leaves outside. I have family and friends and I miss them sometimes, but that is the sacrifice we make. We come here because of what we earn. Because of what we earn, we have peace (don’t need to struggle for food, housing etc). There’s good and there’s bad. Both are options. You can opt for good or opt for bad. Either way, it’s up to you.”
“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”
– Paramahasa Yogananda
From Gods in the Global Village
“Cultural diffusion, driven in part by economic developments, has resulted in a global greed for consumer goods among those people who can afford to participate in the system (and often a hope for participating among those people who cannot afford to do so).