I was just reading about fraud in government expenditures, which made me think about the allegations of not getting money to Hurricane Sandy victims through the Red Cross, which used to be a trusted agency, and general waste.
So instead of fraud this question is more about waste--waste of money meant to go to a cause that does not get there, waste of resources, waste of time, waste of energy, waste of health, waste of personal money--just waste in general.
Is it always a negative?
For instance if I had spent every hour exercising or reading or cleaning closets that I have spent on this forum I'd be rid of ten pounds, I'd be more well read and I would have clean closets.
But is the time truly wasted?
What if I have gained mental stimulation or learned something from "wasting" this time?
If we spend more at the grocery store on an item than we want or think is worth the value, is it necessarily a waste when perhaps it saved us time?
Is waste necessarily a negative if it is our own decision that only affects us?
Is waste a sin or some type or a moral failure?
Is someone else wasting our time any different?
Is someone else wasting our money any different?
Do you think we are a more wasteful society than we were twenty years ago?
Businesses count on us being wasteful and purchasing items instead of saving them or repairing them.
Are we now considered a culture of waste?