Something to Worry About
Crime, drugs, taxes, divorce, governmental disagreements, corporate break-ups, educational difficulties and a host of other things simply do not fill the bill. We’ve got something else that we absolutely must worry about – namely, our height.
According to the book, The Truth About Your Height, by researcher Thomas Samaras, if Americans keep growing at the rate they have for the past 75 years, it will have a devastating environmental effect. Mr. Samaras, who is five feet, ten inches tall, does not necessarily believe that height makes right. He estimates that if the population grew 20% taller it would increase energy needs by 50%, require an additional 180 million acres for food production, and pump three billion extra tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. It sounds like disaster, doesn’t it?
As an editorial comment I hasten to add that the basketball coaches in America, whether they are coaching in elementary school or the National Basketball Association, are not in agreement with Mr. Samaras, particularly if they get the tallest of the tall. Mr. Samaras does offer a solution to the problem, however. He says that by “carefully monitoring the diet of children” -and he emphasizes that he doesn’t mean starving them – “you can restrict height by as much as eight inches.” He says that an average height of five feet and weight of around 110 pounds would be “about right.”
Like I say, it’s nice to have something new to worry about, isn’t it? It certainly takes your mind off trivia like crime, poverty, drugs and a few other mundane things. Think about it. Worry about us getting taller and maybe some of these other trivial problems will go away. In the meantime, I’m going to encourage my children to continue to feed my grandchildren good, nutritious, well-balanced meals. SEE YOU AT THE TOP!
Zig Ziglar is known as America’s Motivator. He authored 33 books and produced numerous training programs. He will be remembered as a man who lived out his faith daily.