What does “need” have to do with the American way?
Do we “need”:
Cars that can exceed the speed limit, sometimes more than twice the max speed limit?
SUV & trucks that can haul or tow far more than their owners will ever haul or tow, again often well above the speed limit?
More vehicles registered to private owners than there are licensed drivers?
The square footage of the average new single-family detached home?
Monster flat screen TVs in those homes?
Cell phones for instant gratification – especially while driving?
All the rest of the high tech devices to provide instant gratification – excuse me, connectivity / communication?
Devices w/ 4G connections, which many consumers would not recognize even if 4G hit him or her in face?
To be answering those devices in restaurants, churches, and all sort of other public places?
Supper fast computers and links to play games in real time?
A plethora of fast food chains and local joints serving far more fat and calories in a meal than a body needs in a day?
Store shelf after store shelf and freezers full of high-salt, high-fat, high-caloric, caffeine added, adulterated foods?
Store shelves stacked with beer after beer brand, including many from around the world?
Bin after bin of fresh out-of-season and non-local produce flown in from around the world?
Do I like some or most of those? You bet.
Once we as a society actually function on “need”, I’ll consider “need” relative to the availability of a gun.
In the meantime, I’ll work on the same level of “want” not “need” that we-as-a-society operate on — across the board.
In just over four hours, I grab a Scottish ale, some high-salt-high-fat-high-caloric munches, sit down in front of my flat screen and watch the instant / near real time coverage of the Super Bowl. It's the American way. I wouldn't even need to read about it tomorow. But quess want I want?