"Variety is the spice of life” … or so it seems.
The trouble is, there is such a thing as too much variety and being spoilt for choice. Many of us may feel we should have more options, or want something we’ve never had - or even want for something a little more diverse as we are bored of what we currently do have.
What exactly is this ‘thing’ that we keep referring to, though? Food.
Yes, food. The amount of choices we have today regarding food and nourishment is almost surreal. You walk into a grocery store aiming to buy a pint of milk, and before you know it, you’re leaving with a trolley and a half full - and you most likely forgot the milk, too! The amount of choice available plus all the tempting offers enticing us in to buy more can sometimes be overwhelming.
We wouldn’t necessarily call it greed, but rather human nature, to be attracted to the many different varieties there is of pretty much everything on the shelves these days.
There was a day and age where milk was simply just milk. Today some options include: pasteurised, non-pasteurised, condensed, skimmed, semi-skimmed, whole, long-life, evaporated, powdered and that’s before we even move away from cows milk.
Moreover, should the type of milk we are looking for in particular happen to be out of stock, we can easily look for another supermarket that does have it in stock. Thi is perfectly normal on this side of the world. Tha being said, consumer reports suggest that the ridiculousness of choice is actually irritating for many, read the article here.
But, let’s take a few minutes and cast our attentions away to the many parts of the world where such choice is not as readily available, if at all. In fact, there are parts of the world where nourishment is pretty much non-existent; forget having a range of options. It is this realisation that hits home on how privileged we are.
Nourishment is a basic necessity for life, to enable the brain and body to function and grow. Yet, malnutrition is the root cause of so many deaths around the world on a daily basis – with one in nine people worldwide not having enough food to eat - yet here we are with a wealth of different options. (Source)
Ensuring every person on this Earth has access to fresh food and water is why charity organisations such as Human Relief Foundation have introduced numerous projects and campaigns to help those in need. See here for HRF’s current food projects.
Make the right choices; don’t let your choices make you.
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