I'll answer my own question . . . no, I think it isn't just me.
I had a conversation with a friend today. It all started with a discussion of plastic surgery, what would/wouldn't I do in the way of reconstruction. I said that I would like to have an eye lift since I am beginning to have a little bit of a hood. It isn't bad, but I will consider it in the next few years. I would also like to have a little bit of plumping done to my lips for the following reason: I had an auto accident in 1964 which was before seat belts being the rule of thumb. My baby began to fall off the seat (this was also prior to good child restraints) and when I grabbed him, I also jerked the steering wheel and hit a telephone pole. Consequently, my face hit the steering wheel, split my lip from center to the left corner of my nose. Over the years, the scar tissue had to be reconstructed several times, and now with the aging process, my upper lip is quite thin. Therefore, a little plumping would be nice. I don't want to look like the stars, even Ms. Jolie, who is naturally plush, but just a little to make my kisser look more kissable.
No wait! That's not the topic! It's just the platform.
My friend mentioned the story on the news today about a woman who died in a "back alley" liposuction center. I had said that I wouldn't consider that, even though I'm struggling to get that extra roll of fat off. It scares me. This story reminds me of something that most of you won't remember. When I was young, abortion was illegal. Girls either had the baby or they resorted to back alley abortion clinics. Lucky ones lived close to Mexico where there were actually some clean clinics available. My friend said that the abortion situation was a more or less "no way out" situation; the liposuction things is certainly optional. Yes, it is. But . . .
I think that in our society, there is a great confusion between "wants" and "needs." What *I* assess as a "want," some others (possibly *many* others) classify as "need." We have become so accustomed to having things, things, things, that I believe the bar has been raised in the minds of many people. 'Wants' have literally become "needs" for many people. As a society, we have so many things that the bar is elevated in measuring what we perceive we need.
I'm again tossing a thought out for consideration and comment. What do you think? This isn't what *you* hold as a standard in your family; this is what you think *our society as a whole* has come to expect. My vote is obviously for the fact that we have generally come to expect many things that are not, in reality, needs, but wants. Do we have too much? Do we expect to have more than necessary? Are we a greedy people?