A couple weeks ago, I was on a Caribbean cruise. The ports were St. Thomas, St. Maarten, and Grand Turk. St. Thomas and St Maarten still had several buildings that were destroyed by recent hurricanes and had not been rebuilt yet. On this trip and a trip to Mexico a couple years ago, I got to see how some people live. And people that live in poor conditions in relation to what we are used to don’t feel like they are in need—because that is what they are used to.
Also, the islands have to import everything, so the cost of most items is higher than we would be used to. Someone asked the tour guide why they stay there if the cost of items is so high. His reply was, “Home is home.”
This was brought to my mind again with the recent tragedy in Japan.
I realize several people are facing difficulties with the economic conditions, but things can be a lot worse.
Some of the economic situations can be controlled by watching how you spend your money, etc. Unlike natural disasters like the tsunami, which cannot be controlled.