We live in a society of gluttons. Give me, I want, super-size, double-decker, mine, and now are just a few terms I hear and read every day that convince me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a glutton too. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to pop open the top button to my britches because I shoveled down a piece of cheesecake even though I was perfectly content with dinner. But the gluttony I’m talking about isn’t just the food variety. I mean the greedy desire to consume and hoard everything you can wrap your little sausage fingers around.
Standard of Double
1. a person who eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
2. a person with a remarkably great desire or capacity for something: a glutton for work; a glutton for punishment.
Now I know some of you are going to call me mean for pointing out the obvious and humongous elephant in the room. To you I say get over yourself and listen, please. Then you may throw rotten vegetables at me. Shoot, I may join you. It is high time we face our problems instead of living a standard of double. And by that I mean two different things. When you combine the two, you have trouble. Let me explain.
The first is we have at least double of what we need. Our wants have taken over our needs. You’ll be hard pressed to find a home near you that doesn’t have at least two televisions. I personally have four in my home along with four PC’s, two laptops, an x-box, play station, DS, DSi, and most recently a kindle. We have internet, telephone, three cell phones, and satellite programming. Five vehicles, four dogs, and three cats. Two bathrooms, four bedrooms, and two living areas. And that, my friends, is on a mountain.
I am a glutton, an out-right fatty.
I don’t need even half of what I have. As a matter-of-fact, I’ve lost everything material before. When I compare contentment from then and now, I’m not any happier for the things I now have. I am thankful God has blessed me. But sometimes I shut it all off and we simply play cards. The simple things are what double us on the inside and take up very little space. The cheesecake makes our butts big.
The second double standard we are living as a society is the taking of that which is not yours to have. Don’t get me wrong, there are many in need. I have no issue with charity. I have a problem with bummery. You know the people that take when they don’t need and they can’t afford. This isn’t a problem restricted to poor people. This seems to be an issue across the board in the United States. Our current financial crisis tells me so.
Our government currently works to pay debt and bailout other nations, or so they say. This is all done on the dime of tax payers and it is done with no accountability. It is a load of crap and you know what they say about crap…it rolls down hill. To me it is akin to me giving the government my last five dollars for a loaf of bread. I find out later that the bread was only $.50 and it’s moldy. The other $4.50 was used as collateral to take a loan in my name from his uncle Sam loan shark in a seedy neighborhood for hemorrhoid cream. I don’t have hemorrhoids but the government has a brother that owns an ointment company. I now owe payments on a $45,000 loan I never experienced benefit from and I have ulcers, but have no money for ulcer medicine.I also have no hemorrhoid cream, which would probably be nice considering I just took a royal reaming.
In the mean time, the government and his brother are dining on fresh baked bread, passing it out to a bunch of bums, and sucking another poor schmuck into buying moldy bread from their sister who owns a bakery. I find out they got the bread from her dumpster and now I also have a little food poisoning.
And because everyone in the nation looks up to the government and his family, trusting them with their lives and hard earned money, most follow the example given. Messing people over for their own want, not thinking about the eventual cost or those they harm. Unbuttoning a the top button and letting it all hang out. The standard of double comes full circle. But you and I know this circle will have to crumble soon. Too many people have sore bottoms and a reckoning will have to ensue.
So, my friends, which are you? The one with moldy bread, ulcers and food poisoning that’s at his breaking point or the person that will soon get his comeuppance? The Standard of Double is crumbling and a reckoning is about to be had.
Peace, love and God’s will.