Can we really have it all? Yes, because this is the reality for some. No, because this is only a wishful thinking for others. On this Planet Earth, not only do we have Paris Hilton of the world, whose privileged upbringing allows them to lounge, when summer comes, on the sunny beaches of Ibiza, but we also have Alan Kurdi of the world, whose conflict-infested native lands force many of them to cross the immense Mediterranean Sea, when summer comes, to bravely confront the forces of nature all in hopes of obtaining bits and pieces of the peace and quiet, on the other side of the water, but only to have their lifeless bodies washed ashore, days and weeks later, on the sandy beaches of “promised lands.” The haves and have nots are not only just an extra step away. Hard work and dedication are not always the virtues, applicable to bridge the widening gap between these two extremes.
A talented poet is working at a hospital bookstore, while a family of Kardashians is being hailed as the first family of America on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine. A resourceful American white working mother is complaining about one of the many firsts with her toddler is being “stolen” away from her due to her demanding work schedules, while an uneducated and impoverished Thai mother is selling her body, on the other side of the planet, in return for some monetary kindness from some foreigners for her to buy the basic necessities to keep her toddler fed and alive. After we have compared and contrasted different realities of our world, let’s ask ourselves the same question again, ” can we really have it all?”