It doesn't matter whether you are talking about individual life, family life, business, government or any other categorization, we have bought "stuff" that we can't afford and both individually and as a nation we are going to have major adverse consequences for our actions. Nowhere is it more critical than in our federal government where the debt is immense and growing and the unfunded liabilities are probably beyond any hope of being paid for. And when we reach the point of no return, something dramatic is going to happen to our society and our ability to function as a sovereign nation and it will be very ugly.
Furthermore, we fill up our landfills without even thinking of where the next batch of used up "stuff" will go, we throw away abundant volumes of food that could certainly be used for hungry people and the landscape is littered with automobile junk lots which are an eyesore to anyone. We do the same thing with excess military equipment after the current threat is resolved and we use up our land resources like they are unlimited.
So since we are free and have the responsibility to make our own decisions about what "stuff" we want and how we will get it, why not stop and take the time to think about what we are doing before we do it. We'll generate less trash and junk "stuff", we'll likely be able to clean up our family budget issues and hopefully we can even slow down the federal government's bankruptcy as it tries to spend itself into oblivion with all of the junk programs and the resulting piles of advertised free "stuff" that it advertises to the public and usually cannot deliver.
We are a great people with the ability to solve any problem when we finally realize we have a problem. Both individually and as a nation we are at the tipping point. Let's quit focusing on all of the "stuff", real or imagined, and focus and what is really needed instead. Our children and grandchildren will appreciate anything we can do to stop the madness.
I hope you'll check out my commentaries and interviews on North Florida Writer Live weeknights at nine and occasionally on the weekend as well. All are retained on demand and can be reached at blogtalkradio.com/northfloridawriter. Have a great day as you figure out what to do with all of your "stuff".