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Not only do Americans think consuming is normal, they think over consuming is something to be proud of. Gluttony is no longer a sin, apparently.
And when an enormous resource was considered to be expendable because it helped the native people of the land, it was wiped out. How many stands of virgin forest remain? How many bison remain?
When people are dying of starvation and others waste food, I cringe, and am horrified.
When some have no clean water and die for the lack of it, while others waste it, I am horrified.
American culture has many strengths, but we must learn to be much more frugal, sharing, and caring.