I've read every word you've written in this thread. This was the quote I was replying to, in addition to the comment about all travelers being rich.
Just because people can eat out of the trash here does not mean everyone is wealthy. As I mentioned on the previous page, Latin American countries typically have a much more developed sense of community and extended family that simply does not exist here. That's why it's socially acceptable for Mexicans to live with their mom well into their 30s. It's not considered to be shameful like it is with white people in the U.S, where many parents toss their kids out the second it's legally permissible. We do have a lot of other benefits that these other countries don't have but my point is that it's not as simple as "Americans are rich! We have everything!" Anyone who thinks that's the way it works just isn't aware of how bad it can get here.Conditions are a LOT worse in many other places. The fact that we live in a country affluent enough TO waste so much that we can dumpster is a gift beyond which many people can imagine.