Surplus. Overindulgence. Superabundance. Extravagance. Immoderation. Call it what you will, humans seem to be particularly susceptible to the allure of excess. Perhaps it’s the just all the excess room inside the skull that sets us apart from the other species. Or is it the rules of the society that bestows power on the one who possesses an abundance of whatever is valuable at that particular time in history? Maybe it’s just shameless self-indulgence, a series of biochemical reactions that makes one crave for more.
Whatever the reason, satisfaction has become a rare commodity, for everyone wants more of something or the other. The poor just want money to survive, the ill just need more care, a company wants more profit, a man (or woman) wants more happiness. We all can rattle off at least five things off the top of our head that would make our lives easier/better if we had more of them.
But where does one draw the line? When does desire turn into greed? When does an absence of self-restraint spell doom? What invisible line does one cross and turn from ambitious to insatiable? The warning signs are always there for those observant enough to look. An excess of nocturnal activity manifests as dark circles, an excess of toxins as diseases, an excess of pollution as global warming and so forth.
However, we continue to ignore them, either by being blind to the problems or feigning indifference. Do we wait until our daydreams turn into nightmares or do we rip the blindfold and act before our actions have implications beyond our control? Is it a matter that we leave to the hands of time to decide or do we cut our losses while we still can? For we are never the heroes we think ourselves to be.
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I have absolutely no idea what that’s supposed to be. All I know is I wrote a random heading and words just appeared on screen, as if by themselves. But, as always, let me know what you think in the comments section below and have yourselves a nice week. 🙂