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Winning the Ovarian Lottery

by Vitaliy Katsenelson
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“At least a billion people on earth at this moment who would consider their prayers answered if they could trade places with you.” – Sam Harris

“At least a billion people on earth at this moment who would consider their prayers answered if they could trade places with you.”
– Sam Harris

Close your eyes and imagine that you have just woken up in Kabul. The streets are overrun by Taliban. Whatever semblance of civility that existed yesterday is gone, replaced by medieval lawlessness.

Now, imagine you are the parent of Afghan children.

If you are reading this, you won ovarian lottery. Be thankful. Whatever problems you are facing are small in comparison to those of the Afghans.

Marcus Aurelius said: “Don’t imagine having things that you don’t have. Rather, pick the best of the things that you do have and think of how much you would want them if you didn’t have them.”I don’t usually write preachy essays (okay, maybe a few). But the above thoughts have been circulating around my mind nonstop for the last few days. They feel more important than anything else I can write at this moment.

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G. Harvey September 15, 2021 - 5:03 am

Beautiful thoughts. We take so much for granted living in the US, and yet it seems as if OUR rights are being squeezed and taken away also,, little by little. But nothing like the Afghans.

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Helene Spierman September 17, 2021 - 1:26 am

All true, Vitaliy.
Helene Spierman

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San September 17, 2021 - 1:51 am

Thank you for this message.

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