Our needs expand to fill the resources available
It seems to be true that “Our needs expand to fill the resources available”, it is certainly true of the extra study space I was recently given, it now has me junk all over it.
Parkinson’s law is the adage first articulated by Cyril Northcote Parkinson as part of the first sentence of a humorous essay published in The Economist in 1955: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion. It was later reprinted together with other essays in the book Parkinson’s Law: The Pursuit of Progress (London, John Murray, 1958).
I suppose the contrary that we leave resources we could use, unused, may also be wasteful. One thing it does is draw to our attention the normal human flexibilities that we ignore at our peril. This includes our Environmental resources. Lets not expand to fill the earths resources (if we have not already).