Many modern problems seem to be the byproduct of having too much of a good thing. A few examples for your consideration:
- Light pollution and sleep deprivation. The ability to see at night is good. Until the 19th century, night time activities were a luxury. Candles were expensive, so people took spectacular views of the Milky Way and a good night’s sleep for granted.
- The great Pacific garbage patch. Plastic is good. It solves the age-old problem of expensive, unwieldy and brittle packaging. Unfortunately, it’s so cheap and durable it ends-up everywhere, forever -even a floating island that’s almost as big as Alaska.
- Obesity and it’s disease entourage. Energy-rich, nutrient-packed foods, like sugars and fats, solve mankind’s age-old food scarcity and subsistence living problem a little too well. Our bodies store the surplus for a rainy day that seldom comes.
I suppose moderation is the moral of the story. Enjoy your Friday donut (190-300 calories), but maybe hold-off on that venti white chocolate mocha Frappuccino (550 calories, yikes!).
Street lights illuminate a plastic cow attempting to yield nutrients...