Japan is one of the most resource poor country in the world. But this lack of natural resources helped Japan to be one of the most efficient energy user and the most powerful innovators in sustainability industry. They are the champion of electric cars and electronics recycling. The competitiveness of Japan is largely built on its fear of resource stranglehold.
I don't envy those who have more privileges then I do because I know they are missing some important lessons. A lower starting point makes people more hardworking, vigilant and resilient. We see the real world better. When the real challenges comes, the stronger ones prevail.
The nature is fair. The wheel of history is fair. The world will always balance things out in the long run. But our lives are too short. Some of us only lived through the bad parts. Some of us only enjoyed the perks. Think about afterlife in that case.