***"We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." Ronald Reagan
This statement can be applied to so many areas of our lives and the state of our nation.
It can be as common as the child who is not held accountable and made to bear the consequences of bad behavior or as big as a nation that cannot buckle down and correct poor spending habits. It can be as controversial as the criminal whose past is scrutinized and then behavior excused based on that. Which is the better way to go? Excusing criminal behavior because of extenuating circumstances knowing that we cannot make everything "fair" in the grand scheme of things or setting boundaries for behavior that are uniformly applied so that people know what the consequences will be. We have adults among us who could have been better shaped as children had there been intervention at a younger age. What really burns me is the amount of money wasted and given away to countries that hate us and then we don't have the resources for programs that could save some of our youth from lives of crime. We can get into the war debate but war is as old as mankind. Do a google search on the amount of pork in the stimulus bill or the pork in this latest bill to help the victims of Sandy and it will make you sick. The kicker is that the people who are willing to make the tough decisions to correct the financial mess we are in are either voted out of office, not elected in the first place, or demonized. Conservatives are the party that represents cutting back, restructuring, and changing social programs. Americans will have none of that. Go to YouTube and watch the Obamaphone lady rant. Democrats will have their permanent majority soon. They are very good at understanding human behavior and capitalizing on that. Give people things and you will get their vote. Be careful what you wish for.
Anyway - we can go ahead and eat the Christmas candy as long as we are willing to accept the consequences. Have the cookies and pie as long as the blood sugar spike is no surprise. Gain the 10 lbs. or more over the holidays but don't whine about it and lament that others can eat that stuff without gaining weight. We have a right to eat that stuff too don't we? The holiday will be ruined without eating until we have to get horizontal to get comfortable. We will feel left out if we don't get in line for the second helping.
There are also consequences for good food choices, wise choices for spending money, and deciding what our holidays will leave us with. We are accountable either way.
There is a law concerning calories in/calories out. There is a law about BMR/muscle. There is the law about insulin/weight gain. There is a law about hydration.
What laws are we willing to obey and what laws do we break and try to get away with it? If the scale catches us in the act, how do we accept the consequences?
"Food" for thought.
Be careful out there today.