I was born in communism; I lived in poverty for the first ten years of my life.
Then, at ten, my parents moved me to the hood. Where I once again lived in poverty for the following ten years.
The thing is, the hood is pretty bad; crime rates are high. The Bronx, NYC in the '90s, where I grew up, had some of the highest murder rates per capita in the world. But things back where I was born were even worse; people were starving from a system that kept them behind for nearly 60 years. And in the Bronx, people were getting shot and killed; a few of my friends are dead or in jail today, and that's not an exaggeration.
The world isn't much different today than it was a decade ago or two ago. Crime rates are still very high in many places in America. A lot of the rest of the world is struggling with their own shit, and back where I was born, there are still people that don't have enough to eat.
So here we are, you and I.
Writing and building on the internet with the potential to reach billions of people. And if we can afford the internet and these devices to connect to it, we can afford shelter and food too. We may not realize it, but we exist in a new world of endless opportunity.
So who are you and I to play with this opportunity? This is a blessing. We have to reach for the sky; we owe to everyone who can't. It's the only way the world will get better.
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