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11. Scarcity versus Abundance

Ideas of scarcity are deep in our cultural worldviews.  We believe there is not enough, of anything really.  There are not enough resources, not enough food, not enough love, not enough land, not enough money, not enough time, not enough satisfaction; we are not good enough.  Nothing is ever enough.  That’s the way it is, even if we wish it was different.  We need more.  We want more.  More is better.

Humbug.  Scarcity is a choice.  Enough is enough.  Less can also be good.  Most don’t need more.

There are not enough resources - if we choose to squander them wastefully.  There is not enough food -if we choose to limit how much we produce, waste food and not share it.  There is only not enough love - if enough people choose not to love.  There is not enough land –if we choose to breed like rabbits and use it unwisely.  There is not enough money - if we choose to let some hoard most of it.  There is not enough time - if we don’t use time well.  We are only not good enough if we choose to believe that.

Much of scarcity is artificial, created to maximize benefit of some over others.  If we choose to live crammed together in confined cities, and choose to increase the population of those cities, then there’s not enough land for all people in the cities, prices for land increase, because demand for land exceeds supply of land, and those who own and sell or rent the land profit relative to others, to their delight. 

If we choose to pay farmers not to plant fields, and to waste enormous amounts of food, and to use food for things other than food, and to let food rot rather than share or sell it for less money, all so prices and profits for food stay high, so some profit relative to others, then there is not enough food.

 

If we choose to reproduce with abandon, live in sprawls, and eat beef every day, which uses lots of land, we don’t have enough land or food.  If we choose to believe others are bad, unworthy or different, and not to love them, and do the same with ourselves, there’s not enough love in the world.  If we choose to spend 8 hours a day working for someone else, 3 hours a day driving around in cars, and 8 hours a day watching television, and we have to sleep, there’s not enough time to do other more meaningful things.  If we choose to print a limited amount of pretend money, and we choose to depend on it, and we allow a small minority to acquire and keep most of it, there’s not enough money for others’ needs and wants.

We can choose to believe in and create scarcity, and scarcity related games, with winners who love it and losers who do not, like we do.  But we don’t have to.  It’s a choice. 

We can just as easily and readily choose to believe in, create and share abundance.  We can choose to have more than enough resources - if we choose to need and use only a fraction of them, sustainably, don’t waste them, reuse them and produce more of them.  We can choose to have plenty of food - if we just take care of our environments, produce enough good food, and share it with all without wasting it.  There’s more than enough love in the world - if enough people simply choose to love. 

There’s more than enough land - if we choose to need or want less of it, and use and share it wisely.  There’s more than enough money - if we choose to produce enough of it and share it fairly with all.  There’s more than enough time for what we value - if we choose to use time doing things we value, rather than in other ways.  We are plenty good enough - if we choose to simply and truly believe that.  We have enough means - if we choose to live below our means and not want what we don’t need.

Many problems associated with scarcity go away if we simply stop choosing scarcity, scarcity games and things that lead to scarcity and, instead, choose and work for abundance for all.  There is plenty enough.  We need less than we want.  We don’t need to want so much.  Is all of “that stuff” really so important?  Let’s just create and share abundance fairly, at least for what matters!  It’s not that hard.

 

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