In Tuesday’s New York Times, Thomas Friedman goes on about our supposed over-extending of natural resources and calls his piece, “The Earth Is Full.”
How right he is! About the title, at least:
For the earth is full, and there is enough and to spare; yea, I prepared all things, and have given unto the children of men to be agents unto themselves.
Therefore, if any man shall take of the abundance which I have made, and impart not his portion, according to the law of my gospel, unto the poor and the needy, he shall, with the wicked, lift up his eyes in hell, being in torment. Doctrine and Covenants 14:17-18
Of course, the Lord uses the same phrase as Friedman’s title not to fret about scarcity, but to reassure us that He’s filled the Earth with enough to always provide for humanity. Friedman might like the follow-up that we’re obligated to use that abundance to care for those in need, though.