The Antidote to the Sickness of Greed

Expert from “Don’t Read this Book! It may cause a mid-life crisis.”

My worldview has matured over the years, as all of ours do.

Far from the young and naïve college student who dreamed of merely escaping our corrupt culture, I have now come to believe, profoundly, deeply, that we have created a beautifully complex, robust, dynamic civilization.

We can transmit ideas almost at the speed of thought across the globe via the magic of the Internet. We can transport ourselves at the speed of sound across those same distances.

“Any sufficiently advanced technology
is indistinguishable from magic.”
—Arthur C. Clarke

The dreams we can achieve using the miraculous-seeming technologies Western ingenuity has conceived of is truly astonishing and profound.
We have built a civilization that has transcended Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
We have the technology to meet and exceed the basic needs of every single human on the planet.

We live in a world where hunger need not exist.
In America, we waste, by some estimates, at least 50% of the food we produce.

Grocery stores select only the most perfect-looking produce and discard the rest.

Unsold food goes into dumpsters at the end of the day from restaurants and grocery stores alike. And in many municipalities, laws are in place preventing those foods from being given to the homeless. It’s patently absurd. A good lawyer could quite literally devise a way for this level of absurdity to be patented in our legal system.

The food we waste is more than enough to feed every person on the planet.
The technology is there.
The motivation simply isn’t.
Our motivation is for profit, solely that.
Our civilization is miraculous.
Let’s do our damndest to keep it.
Let it be subsumed no longer
by the sickness of greed.
Let’s change our mindset before it really is too late.
Before we go the way of Rome, or Atlantis, or any other sufficiently advanced civilization from History or Mythology.
Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.
Let’s change our mindset before it’s too late.
That’s all that needs to change.
Just our mindset.
It’s so simple.
Changing our mindset starts here, now, with you and me.

“The white man is corrupted
by the sickness of greed.”
—The Last of the Mohicans,
1992 film adaptation