Almost all of our societal troubles are a result of overconsumption. In most parts of the world that isn’t the case. Much of the world underconsumes food and clean water, for example. Much of the world has too little of everything, not too much.
But in America we spend too much money and we eat too much food. So we have millions of citizens who, like our country itself, are financially distressed and overweight. As a result, millions are emotionally distressed and sick. And their overconsumption (and the financial busts and health care expenses caused by it) drags the economy and the rest of the country down with them.
We are the wealthiest people who ever lived, living in the wealthiest country in the history of the world, but we can’t live within our means and control our appetites.
Despite all the hand-wringing among the powers that be, as a seemingly helpless population, broke and fat, stares at them with pleading eyes, the solution lies with us and it is very very simple.
If a person spends more money than he or she earns, the person will end up in debt and ultimately bankrupt. If a person spends less money than he or she earns, the person will be financially healthy and ultimately financially secure.
If a person consumes more calories than he or she burns, the person will end up obese and ultimately dead prematurely. If a person consumes no more calories than he or she burns, the person will not become obese.
It really is as simple as that. Sometimes folks end up financially distressed due to crises beyond their control. Poor health from poor food choices is, however, almost always simply an issue of an absence of self control.
May we all figure this out before it is too late for our society.