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. Really 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 the human technology. However, what is interesting to me is that 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 on our world I would assume that both 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 appears to be driven by the human’s desire to be part of a group. To be the first in that group to own something apparently increases what humans call their social status and that appears to be a big thing.
Alien #1: Intriguing, yet I’m still confused how does this fit 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 an 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. Americans are, in other words, throwing out the equivalent of $165 billion in wasted food every year, a separate analysis by the NRDC found. In fact, 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 really complicated apparently in the United States as in other parts of the Earth humans have put a monetary value on food.
Alien #1: Really?
Alien #2: Yes, can you believe it? By placing a monetary value on food it means that those who do not have the significant monetary resources, as measured by humans, simply cannot afford to eat. In some cases the situation is so severe that again according to 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 consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. 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, Then how is that so many of the 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 simply in the way that the wealth is distributed from country to country and with-in countries. You do 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 on our world we struggle with the issue of 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, that 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.