Thursday, October 30, 2008

A Great Political Cartoon

I really like political cartoons. I saw this one and had to post it. I think it really summarizes what the basic underlying problem in the world is, overconsumption, or in other words, gluttony - fiscal gluttony, environmental gluttony, physical gluttony. We have quit caring for Eden and have taken to consuming it faster than it can replenish itself. Derived from the Latin gluttire, meaning to gulp down or swallow, gluttony is the over-indulgence and over-consumption of food, drink, or intoxicants to the point of waste. In some Christian denominations, it is considered one of the seven deadly sins. The need to have and to go and to consume have gone out of control worldwide. It takes an entire garbage can to hold the waste generated from preparing our family's food each week (wrappers, containers, cans). All of these discarded items were manufactured which consumed and generated waste. All these items were shipped which consumed and generated waste. Houses have become larger without regard for impact on the environment and society. Water and air continue to become more polluted with only mild solutions offered up. I agree that gluttony is one of the deadly sins and may prove to be the most deadly in the end.

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