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On taking more than we need

I hear the body pisses out whatever extra vitamins and minerals it ingests that it doesn’t need. I also read a few months ago about a study of an ape species that revealed that they only take what they need in the way of food, even if more is available to them.

Why can’t we humans, the smartest creatures in the world, think and live like that? To take only what we need and not more just because it’s available to us? I can understand the concerns of the World War II generation who didn’t know where tomorrow’s meal would come from so they would hoarde supplies. But for my generation, which has grown up in relative prosperity, what’s the cause of the greed other than monkey-see monkey-do?

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