To have no wants is divine.
Socrates asserted that an indifference to material pleasures leads to happiness, that self-control rather than self-indulgence brings fulfillment. America’s reputation is that of a land of excess: obesity, materialism, and greed, and in today’s society the word temperance is most often associated with alcohol consumption. What if America were to collectively reject self-indulgence and join a program like Alcoholics Anonymous? This flagship of twelve-step programs established itself as a safe place by allowing a certain degree of anonymity, using only first names. America might walk into an AA meeting, fill out a name tag, stand up and say, “My name is America and I am intemperate.”