catapult magazine

catapult magazine
First World Problems

vol. 11, num. 19 :: 2012.10.26 — 2012.11.08

Whether the term is used to put things in perspective or to ironically dismiss the luxuries of privilege, the notion of “first world problems” calls to attention the great economic and cultural differences that exist in our diverse, complex world.  How should we approach the problems of our world, whether first, second, third or otherwise?



First world problems and the privileges of (in)convenience

Lessons learned in a global household, over a batch of local pasta sauce.


One world friendships

Exploring an alternative model to first world power dynamics.


Losing a cell phone, losing perspective

Overreacting to a “first world problem” gives occasion to reconsider one’s feelings.

The most under-reported reality of urban America

Reports of radical hospitality from Chicago and beyond.


A reflection on the concerns of a man and a woman of the Ratwa Bhil tribe in central India.


In case you missed it the first time

Dreamers vs. Dreamingers

A freelance development worker reports on the state of Africa and his own sense of hope.

Reading for a global perspective

Book guru of Hearts & Minds Books recommends resources for studying and pursuing global justice.

Ten new ways I hope to vote with my money this year

A graduate student on a budget considers how to make her dollars reflect her passions.

Weaving the web

A refugee Passover in Israel

Ashley Makar writes about the lives of Sudanese refugees in the “promised land.”


Is the American dream God’s dream?

Responses to a provocative question from Christians on the left and right.


daily asterisk

Even in a country you know by heart
its hard to go the same way twice
the life of the going changes.
The chances change and make a new way.
Any tree or stone or bird
can be the bud of a new direction. The
natural correction is to make intent
of accident. To get back before dark
is the art of going.

Wendell Berry
“Traveling at Home” from Traveling at Home

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