Alien #1: Really, looking at the humans again? What’s so interesting this time?
Alien #2: Well, if you must know, there is a very intriguing event going on right now. Thousands of people in the country they call the United States of America are standing on-line for what in their measurement of time would be days for a communication device they refer to as an iPhone.
Alien #1: A communication device? I hardly would call it that. They can’t even make a simple phone call to their International space station, and that thing is only in orbit around their planet.
Alien #2: Yes, yes, we all know how you like to make fun of human technology. However, when scanning that particular country, I see similar lines forming all the time for food.
Alien #1: Interesting; if I were to compare this to how things operate in our world, I would assume that their communication devices and their food sources are in short supply.
Alien #2: You would think that. But in neither case does that appear to be true. The demand for the communication device seems to be driven by humans’ desire to be part of a group. To be the first in that group to own something increases what humans call their social status, which appears to be a big thing.
Alien #1: Intriguing, yet I’m still confused about how this fits in with their food supply?
Alien #2: In the case of their food supply, it appears that it is not a desire to be part of a group or that it is in short supply in the United States. I found this article while scanning their internet.
Alien #1: Their internet, I would…
Alien #2: Stop it. We all know you would hardly call it the internet. Never the less I found this regarding their food supply. As much as 40% of food goes uneaten in the U.S., according to estimates from the Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency. In other words, Americans are throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion in wasted food every year, a separate analysis by the NRDC found. One study estimates, just 15% of all this wasted food would be enough to feed more than 25 million Americans every year. And one in six Americans currently lacks a secure supply of food,
Alien #1: Are you sure that information is correct? Because to be perfectly honest with you, that makes no sense; how could they simultaneously waste food yet have people go hungry.
Alien #2: How indeed? Here’s where it gets complicated apparently in the United States as other parts of the Earth, humans have put a monetary value on food.
Alien #1: Really?
Alien #2: Yes, can you believe it? Placing a monetary value on food means that those who do not have the significant economic resources, as measured by humans, cannot afford to eat. In some cases, the situation is so difficult that again according to the information I found on their internet, their own United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) estimates 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life consistently. Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.
Alien #1: Fascinating, how is it that so many humans line up to purchase a communication device if money is in such short demand? Surely being able to sustain a healthy existence is far greater than owning the newest communication device.
Alien #2: It is not that money is in short supply; it is merely how the wealth is distributed from country to country and within countries. You remember those artificial lines we have talked about that the humans draw to separate themselves and hold so dear.
Alien #1: Indeed, I do. However, what stumps me is that even in our world, we struggle with wealth disparity, yet we never allowed it to stop us from ensuring that all of our species have what is required to live and sustain a healthy existence.
Alien #2: Yes, but as we have remarked before, the humans have not come to the most basic of understanding: they are one.
Alien #1: And that is what remains so sad about their existence
Alien #2: Yes, my friend, it does, that it does.