Australia is known as the lucky country, and rightfully so. We have opportunities and services available to us other countries could only dream of. From trivial things like clean sandy beaches or a good local coffee joint to more considerable advantages such as economic stability and health care, we can all agree we are lucky to call this place home. But we are not entitled to these things, nor have we necessarily earned them, it is purely as the phrase suggests, luck. As I read and watch all the things happening around the world I realise how unlucky others are. On July 9, within seven days of US troops leaving Bagram Airfield, formerly America’s largest military base in Afghanistan, the Taliban had regained control of 90 of 398 districts across the country after controlling 13 just four years ago. Last Monday, that number had risen to 391. Now imagine for a minute you are yourself, but rather than the incredible luck you received to be where you are, you had a different fortune, you were born and raised in Afghanistan. What would you think when you heard the Taliban were back and when soldiers inevitably rolled into your village? There is a photo doing the rounds in newspapers and on social media of 823Afghans, crammed into the hold of a US military cargo plane authorised to carry 134 soldiers. They were the lucky ones. On Tuesday, I saw a video on Twitter of two black dots falling hundreds of metres to the ground from another US cargo ship. Those two black dots were people. People like you and me. The only difference between them and us was luck. They were born in the wrong place, at the wrong time and through no fault of their own, are now dead. We have the opportunity to stop these heartbreaking things from happening by allowing these people into this country. An opportunity to help these people, to do something good. And there are people fleeing Afghanistan who can help us. People who can become valuable members of this country and its communities. I am not saying we need to be guilty of being born here, we should be grateful. We are so lucky for what we have and we should share our luck with others.