After the devastation of two world wars in the space of 30 years, the world finally decided to put a stop to all this division. So for the best, we decided to segregate the world in 3 parts. The first world was to consist of countries which are typically democratic-capitalists, the second world was defined as communist-socialists and the third world didn’t really care for either side, but had been repeatedly exploited and suppressed by both, so at least they could bond over that.
A certain Mr. Manuel did come along and make a case for the ‘Fourth World’, which are countries that have entirely indigenous populations. Or sometimes known as the original first world*. So there we have it, the structure was created so not to rank nations but merely a way of segregating them based on political and economic beliefs. Or that used to be the case until the first world nations took the name literally.
The terms have obviously evolved because of this over time, so now we just say the third world are the poor ones. Even though 6 of the top 10 richest countries in the world* are from the originally defined ‘Third World’ (USA is 13th). Still though, given the outdated nature of this pointless segregation and perpetuating myth that we are somehow superior human beings, I am going to ignore all that for the benefit of this post, and use the modern stereotypical meanings.
So you know you’re in the first world when
your society is dictated by an unstoppable conglomerate of international businesses who are able to by-pass laws, pay off politicians and manipulate regulations all in search of bigger profits. This mentality is then inherited by ‘democratic’ states, who take millions from donors and lobbyists who then pass laws and legislation that benefits the companies rather than the people You buy potted Dahlias for the garden.
You see there is no functional benefit to potted plants whatsoever and today whilst out buying plants for the newly created pallet flower bed that myself and my girlfriend’s Dad built last week, it hit me. You know you are ok in life if you can go out and buy flowers. If you’re worried about the colour combination of your Azaleas and your Dahlias, then things are going well.
So that must be the case, I must be in a good place, because that was my only worry today. Well I say the only worry, I did have a bit of reach whilst trying grab my espresso that was on the table beside me early and the shop also didn’t have the flavour of smoothie I wanted. Other than that though everything was great.
I don’t know how far away depression is right now, but I dare say it is further away than my espresso was.
* I just made that up, they’re not known as that. It a half thought out joke about the first world countries decimating indigenous populations when stole their land.
*Based on GDP per capita.