We have confused, as a society, wants and needs, and a lot of people have raised up their wants way above their needs and way above their abilities to support all those wants. . . . What we have got to do is get back to the basics in difficult economic times like this and explain to people that you will not wither up and die if you don’t have that wide-screen TV.
— Millard Fuller, formerly of Habitat for Humanity, speaking in Arkansas yesterday. From The Examiner.
Better perhaps if we leave out the ‘in difficult times’ part — and give some attention to just what basics should mean.