It is nice not to have to go wash clothes in the neighborhood lake or grind wheat with all of your neighbors like we did 200 years ago but the downside of it is that we've also lost what it means to work as a community. Other than in rural areas, there is really no cohesive sense of community in the way it used to be. Because of relying on other people to provide our goods and services, we've lost touch with the realities of true cost, labor and consumption.
We've relied on government and the red kettle in front of WalMart every Christmas to take care of those in need instead of taking the time out of our day and the money out of our own wallets to do it ourselves. We let members of the media spin and twist stories to tell us who we should vote for instead of stopping to think for ourselves and research the issues. The more we consume, the more bloated we become mentally, spiritually, morally and physically. When you outsource your needs to be handled by someone else, whether it be government or private industry, you also hand over your freedom. Next time you hear someone complain about how the government is intruding too much into their life, remind them that they traded that freedom for cheap, processed, pesticide-ridden food at Walmart and their need for convenience.