After graduating college, I went to Europe for a month-long summer study program. Sitting around the big dinner table one of those first nights, a fellow Yank asked one of the European students what they really thought of Americans. He didn’t skip a beat.
“We think you’re fat and spoiled,” he said. None of us had a comeback for that. In comparison to the rest of the world, it’s all too true.
America is the land of the free, home of the brave, and haven for the self-indulgent. We’ve got so much money and resources at our disposal, we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Luxuries other nationalities can only dream of, we take for granted: fresh food, clean water, electricity, spending money, the list goes on and on.
But all that excess appears to have gone to our heads. Literally. America has become a nation of addicts, and we’re not just hooked on drugs and alcohol. Some of the scariest addictions are those that aren’t easy to spot. Tucked away inside our psyches, these diseases grow and fester, ruining relationships and sabotaging our happiness. For many, the first step toward recovery is just admitting the addiction exists. So tell us, what are you addicted to?
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