I don't know how guilty I feel toward society in general. Hope I feel like being a good steward.
But I do know how I feel about taking the best care of myself for my children. I mean they are all grown. BUT I don't want to be a burden in any way that I can avoid.
I feel , since I have been given this imformation, I really am obligated to use it wisely.
Some things cannot be avoided. Or some damages may not be reverseable. But I feel, I should do all I can.
I am helping care for a friend who has brain cancer. I do not know if she could have avoided it with the McDougall plan. I mean I only shared it with her about a year ago, and probably the cancer had been there for a long time?? At any rate, if any action of mine can spare my loved ones from dealing with a situation similar to hers, I will certianly try for it.
And the cost. She is getting treatments that are 10,000 a dose!!
And the results --if any --cannot be seen except possibly by MRI.
I think I am sort of ranting or rambling here.
Great points, Merriweather!
If we tried to make a list of all of the people affected by our health (or diseases), we would be unable to list everyone! So as I think about what you wrote, I think about those who are closest to me. I want to be the best I can be FOR THEM spiritually, mentally and physically.
This is one reason that when I was recently in the USA, I strictly followed the MWL program. Nobody else I was with over there ate the way I did but at least I was giving them the best example I could give them in regard to eating...and hopefully in regard to a few other things. The fact that others will not follow our examples must not deter us from making the best decisions we can. If we fail to try, we know we will fail.
I also mentioned to others in the USA (where many are financially pressed) that I can eat well for about $5/day there while many there will spend much more than that on food...unnecessarily. This is the part related to greed. Should I really feel entitled to spend 2x, 3x or 4x as much on food as necessary (in terms of the best nutrition) while others do not have enough money for food or other necessities?
"16 This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 19 This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence 20 whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything." (1 John 3, NIV)