Honestly, do you know anyone who isn’t concerned about being overweight, owing too much money, or finding and keeping a job? There are a lucky few. What do they have that others don’t?
Obesity and debt share the same root cause
Obesity is visible evidence of imbalance. Whether national, state, or personal, debt is also measurable evidence of imbalance. The simple truth is that obesity and debt are caused by too much of one thing and not enough of another.
Overweight people take in more fuel than they burn. Debt is the result of spending more than is taken in. How did we get to what may be critical levels of obesity in the population and excessive debt? Will any federal program solve either problem? In a word – No.
Here’s where I’m going to lose most of you. The explanation and solution for both concerns is to return to the simple truths of God’s creation. Carrying excess fat is natural and can be a good thing. Debt has existed since pre-biblical days. How and when fat or debt becomes problematic depends on the circumstances.
Both humans and other mammals were designed to store excess fuel for leaner times. Stored fuel is fat. Bears store fat so they can survive hibernation. Female deer, cattle, and horses put on weight during time of lush spring grass so they will be able to produce milk to feed their young when summer heat turns verdant pastures into dry lots and more work is required to find food.
Obesity – Too much food and not enough work
People store fat so they can maintain their systems when food sources are less nutritious or harder to find. Obesity in America is not caused by food deserts as Mrs. Obama believes, but by food courts. Food is readily available and people don’t have to expend any energy to get it.
Until the early 20th century our bodies had to move in order to survive. In the country you got up early and spent the day tending to crops and livestock so they would have something to eat and you would have something to eat. In the cities folks had to walk upstairs and downstairs, walk to work and walk home, and had very limited storage for food. Folks bought what they needed for the day, baked bread for the week, and broke a sweat cleaning, doing the laundry, sweeping, and doing the labor necessary to earn money to buy the basics.
If people still had to expend lots of energy every day in order to have enough food to stay healthy they wouldn’t be overweight. Folks who do strenuous physical labor on a daily basis are seldom overweight. Food is the fuel that keeps the body going and work was the means to get the food. In privileged circles a chubby wife or ample girth used to be evidence of personal success and the ability to provide.
Debt: Eat more to weigh less
The lunatics in Washington DC argue that we need to push more food down the throats of obese people in order to relieve them of excess fat. Okay, that’s not what they suggest for obesity, but it is what they are pushing regarding the debt. And these are the smart people?
The United States owes $16 Trillion dollars. The answer promoted by the Obama Administration and most of their buddies is to borrow and spend more. Yep, that’ll fix the problem. How in the world could a rational person believe that they will owe less money if they borrow 40 cents of every dollar spent every day? Let me make this really clear; the government spends 40% more than it takes in EVERY DAY.
If you ate 40% more every day than you needed to maintain your weight would you expect to gain weight or lose weight? You would put on more weight EVERY DAY. There will never come a day when overeating will lead to weight loss. Well, one day you’d die and eventually you would return to dust and the scales will tip lower. The same is true of debt.
Borrow more EVERY DAY and you will never owe less. Well, until the country fails and dies.
Solution to Obesity and Debt
There is only one basic solution to resolve the twin crises of obesity and debt. That is to work more and consume less. I don’t care how many Ph.D. brainiacs you put into a think tank; any other conclusion is idiotic.
Government has to stop making it so easy for folks to do nothing. The kind thing, the right thing, the noble thing, the smart thing, is to both teach and require those who aren’t using their excess energy to labor for their daily bread. Not only will bodies be healthier but so will our collective level of self-esteem and society as a whole. If we use our time and energy making a living we’ll have less time to argue, debate, and complain.
Teach your kids a skill – Batteries not allowed
Perhaps you’ve heard about the high unemployment rate? Have you heard that half of recent college graduates can’t find a job in their area of study? Did you know that there are lots of jobs out there and no one to hire?
Did you know that few college graduates have any skills at all? Graduates can’t weld, build, grow, train, or innovate. They know how to text, argue, complain, tweet, protest, and pass a test. Millions of teenagers know how computers work. How many know how to grow a carrot?
Millions of kids pursue fleeting fame by going viral; how many know how to make a shirt? How close is your neighborhood convenience store? How close is the nearest farm or dairy? I bet your kid can drive a car with an automatic transmission but can he drive a tractor? Plow a field?
A bloated, useless, wasted Generation
The energy of a generation is being wasted on television, Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, and standing in line for free stuff. If the Internet died and national chain stores folded, where could you go for food? Water? Clothing?
In this electronic age adults and children alike are wasting away mentally and spiritually as their body mass soars. Our eyes and ears lust for stimulation but our bodies sit on the couch. What happened to purpose, pride, innovation, self-respect, and a love of God’s creation? Technology has made such things obsolete.
Too Good to Work
Does your kid know how to change the faucet on a sink? Change a tire? Milk a cow? Get water out of a well? Catch a fish? Do you? The truth is most people are too good to work today. They don’t want to sweat or get dirty.
Any paycheck that doesn’t recognize their individual value is an offense. Teenagers don’t want to stack hay, move rocks, pull weeds, or clean brush. There’s a need for someone to do all those jobs but no one is interested. They’d rather stand in line and complain about being under-appreciated and unemployed.
Being balanced isn’t simply physical. It is also spiritual and emotional. God’s plan is perfect. Follow His plan and teach it to your children. Do that, and you won’t have to worry about obesity, debt, and unemployment. Trust me, the government doesn’t have a clue.
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