Call 540 672 5671  |  
Mon-Thur 8:30 am-5:30 pm; Fri 8:30-12:30 EST
The Last Word

The Downside of Abundance

My international students have taught me much about the dangers of abundance.

By Betsy Mayer

A 17-year-old Bulgarian student of mine who came to study in the US right after the collapse of Communism needed to shop for shoes. She went to Walmart and emerged frustrated and confused—without the shoes.  

I thought I understood her dilemma. In my quest for shoes as a 17-year-old, I had often not found the perfect pair but knew that I would find them if only I could search a few more stores. To my limited understanding, all she needed was a few more stores. 

But her explanation left me speechless: Walmart offered her too many choices! Back home, she was fortunate to find shoes at all. If they were in her size, she couldn’t be choosy about the style or color, be they red or green. Navigating the American world of consumer overabundance overwhelmed her. 

Her dilemma gave me pause. Do

You have met your free view limit.
To access the full article, please login or subscribe.

Subscribe Today

Last Generation is a magazine for people seeking spiritual answers to the current issues of our times.

Your subscription will give you:

  • Immediate access to all web content, including archives as they are expanded
  • Special access to web-only articles
  • A 32-page copy of Last Generation Magazine delivered to your home 6 times a year*
Subscribe Today

*Digital-only subscriptions also available

About the author

Betsy Mayer is the Managing Editor of Last Generation Magazine