Something to consider in this new year is the proliferation of television programs extolling the joys of eating vast quantities of food.
We’re offered programs about giant portions, eating contests and cruise lines offering more food to individuals each day than should probably be eaten in a week. As those cruise ships sail past some of the poorer nations, is any thought given to how some of the citizens there view us? Us, with food to throw away, and them, in many homes, with parents unable to provide sufficient food for babies and infants.
Don’t even get me started on appetizers. That’s food before we eat our food. What a concept! How much food does a person need to have presented to him or her at one meal? And doggie bags? What a brilliant way of showing the rest of humanity that we’re so well off, extravagant and insensitive that we can overindulge while a significant number of people are malnourished or starving.
Please take a moment to contemplate how this behavior of ours is a slap in the face to people around the world. This is a behavior that surely merits some examination and change.
Kansas City, Kan.