When “First World Problems” really means “shut up”

I have long been annoyed when people try to dismiss an issue by saying what basically amounts to “it doesn’t matter as long as there are worse problems”.

I started thinking about it today when I read Julia Burke’s post on the subject.

It only gets worse when you realize that no one is actually consistent about that. In fact, truly trivial things don’t get the “not as important as starving children” response very much (and if they do is usually even more inconsistent, like people criticizing geeky hobbies but having a blind spot for their own obsession with popular sports). Mostly it seems to be focused on attempts to address what might be called medium-sized injustices.

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