Absorbing it all so that there’s none left.
That’s gluttony in the short. And that’s what the United States of America – a country that comprises 5% of the human population yet consumes a full 20% of its non-renewable resources – is. We are the very definition of gluttony.
My country makes up 1/20th of the people in the whole world.
But we take in 1/5th of its resources.
The non-renewable kind.
Consumed. Complete. Swallowed. Done. Finished. Taken in and not-replaced.
That is, we take in four times per person, on average, what everybody else in the entire world does. This includes food. And clothing. Electronics. Cars. Gas. Oil. Electricity. Water.
These are resources that others can’t use.
This leads to malnourishment, starvation, disease.
Because we can’t be temperate in our insatiable appetites?
How do we avoid this trap of selfishness? How can we still live well and assure that others do as well? That’s a serious question that we need to wrap our minds around.