I just finished reading a great post from one of my favorite bloggers which I will reblog as soon as I’m done writing this great piece. I can only do one great thing at a time, sheesh. Anyway, in it, he poses an interesting question about the collective sanity of our culture in which we work decades at a job we usually just tolerate (if we’re lucky), in order to pay for all the things we consider important. Things like, shelter, furniture for shelter, indoor and outdoor improvements for said shelter, clothing, cars etc. These are, admittedly, all important things. But, at some point, we become the hamster on the wheel, frantically working to pay the mortgage, real estate taxes, cars, and credit cards, just to name a few off the top of my head, as we continue to require bigger houses leading to more stuff to put in them, cooler cars etc. Add into the mix kids and, forget it, it’s all over. Then it really gets crazy – more clothes, food, cars, insurance, food (those pesky creatures insist on eating every day), tuition and definitely a whole lot more alcohol (for Mom and Dad, that is). We think of ourselves as a civilized people and, yet, our lifestyles turn us into crazed wheel-spinning rodents. What’s that all about?