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Advantages of Living In the Third World

September 29, 2013   

We have been conditioned to believe that there are no advantages to living in the third world. This is against a background where the first world (the developed world) is typically presented as some sort of heaven, with the third world being some sort of hell. The truth of the matter is a little bit more nuanced though. That is because, like everything, living in the third world has its own advantages and disadvantages. We will focus on the advantages for now.

The first advantage of living in the third world is in the fact that the pace of life there tends to be slower (so you get to savor more).

The second advantage of living in the third world is in the fact that the cost of living there tends to be lower. So you can live like a king, on relatively little money.

The third advantage of living in the third world is in the fact that the climates are often friendlier (especially for the third world countries that are in the tropics).

The fourth advantage of living in the third world is in the fact that the sense of community tends to be stronger there: unlike in the first world, where there is so much individualism.

It helps too that thanks to globalization, people living in the third world are able to enjoy the conveniences enjoyed by people living in the first world (without having to go through some of the troubles associated with the first world). Nowadays it should, for instance, be possible for a person in the third world to use a plastic money card and even shop in a foreign online store like www.walmart.com so long as he or she can login to such a store from wherever he or she is, presumably in an idyllic third world paradise!

Of course, things can get very tricky if you happen to have no income in a third world country, as there are no safety nets. In most of these countries, there aren’t even soup kitchens, and the possibility of actually starving to death is very real.