"One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind"
Notice anything significant about the name of this group? When Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon for the first time, his actual quote was, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The distinction is hard to notice, but without the [a] in there, man and mankind are synonymous.
This group has nothing to do with the moon. In fact, the issue that I would like to address is a very Earthly one. Neil Armstrong's intended message was that through the efforts of individuals, mankind's history would change forever.
This is the same message that I would like to convey to you, although about a very different subject: Fast Food.
Fast food has become, what I consider to be, the epicenter of American obesity and the decline in small businesses. These gigantic organizations absolutely dominate every region of the country and spend millions in marketing every year to ensure that you think of them first when hunger strikes.
Furthermore, they typically pay their employees minimum wage, or slightly above it if an employee is loyal to the company and stays for an extended period of time. Why is it that these corporations are allowed to get away with this? Because we continue buying more and more.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all for capitalism. This group isn't about ridding the world of places like McDonalds, Wendy's, Burger King, Taco Bell, etc. This group is intended to inform you, the individual, about how your decision to purchase fast food has an effect on your body and your local economy.
The simple truth is that fast food is bad for you. Most people know this, so why do so many people still buy it? It's because as humans we tend to base our decisions off of what other people do. If the majority of Americans eat fast food, we easily justify eating it as well. This type of thinking has to stop.
By simply changing the way you think about what you're putting into your body, you can resist fast food all together. How many fruits and vegetables do you eat in a day? Probably not many, but no one else does either so it must be okay... No, your diet is extremely crucial to your physical, psychological, and emotional well-being. After all, you ARE what you eat, and if you put shitty food in, how do you think you'll feel?
Eating healthy isn't always cheap, I'll admit that, but doesn't that make a statement itself? Good food should be more expensive than crappy food. It makes sense. Fortunately however, it's worth spending a little extra time and money eating healthy in the long run. You'll not only be supporting local business but your body will be very appreciative of your decision to take better care of it. Here are a few suggestions for cheap, easy main entree dishes.
I'm a realist and understand that occasionally fast food is either necessary or appeasing. Just keep in mind how frequently you visit fast food joints. Do you really need those massive portions? Do you really want a box of greasy fries with that? Do you really want to give your money to a corporation that is only paying the person in front of you at the counter minimum wage?
Spend a bit more time thinking about your decisions and what's really important. Do you need that instant gratification or can you wait the extra hour to get home and make a decent meal?
Individualism is strong in the American heart and therefore change begins with you. You can't wait for someone else to change the world. It takes, "one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."