The other day, we overheard two men talking about the world’s situation over lunch at a downtown restaurant.
One man was complaining to the other about Russia’s actions in Ukraine, comparing them to the days of the Soviet Union. “Sometimes I think we’d be better off without Russia,” he said jokingly.
“Ah,” the other man said with mock seriousness, “but what about Pel’meni?”
It’s natural for us to see the world’s problems in a local light. We grouse about happenings in the world and wonder what they mean for us.