The reason I do that is because my journey, even though it sprung from the fertile soil of radical change in the 60's and 70's, had many twists and turns. While I was always the sympathetic liberal, a mixture of adult influences and my own nature led me down various roads. I did this, mainly, because I really felt there was little guile in my own life. And, until we actually learn lessons empirically, we have no other choice than to trust those around us for input. Meaning, if you know in your heart you deal honestly with people and strive for their good, you assume everyone is like that. But, as we learn by experience, we find things are never quite as easy as we imagine. You don't know a fire is hot until you burn your hand. You may believe you know it is hot, but until the flame touches your skin, you don't. Once you do, you never forget it, do you?
I don't want to go into a biography as that really isn't the point here. But, again, one must write what they know. Suffice it to say that I went through a massive loss of trust in my early life in all the main sectors of our culture (teachers and education, religious figures, adults, government and other authority figures, military, institutions, etc.). Each catalyzing event peeled away a layer of blind trust in those institutions we are told from our youth are sound and trustworthy. Each revelation and experience caused some distress, but that distress later gave way to a joyful understanding that this thing called "experience" really does work. Each scar left later became a memento of a lesson learned.
This is not a post designed to challenge anyone's personal belief systems. We are all free to make up our minds on our own. My question is mainly, "How did you arrive at this belief system?" Was your belief in a particular subject formed by experience? Did it come into being by intellectual inquiry? Did you establish your ideas based on the influence of others (teachers, adults, clergy, etc.)? Peer pressure, advertising, authority, the state, your own mind: all have a role.
All this drivel to come to this: How did your ideas, beliefs and practices regarding food come into being? Now, I understand that food is a very personal, culture-driven and downright mystical thing. Have you ever sat down and really wondered about why you eat what you eat? Have you given consideration to the possibility that your food choices and not only wrong, but damned wrong? When you put something into your mouth, do you ever question the need for it? When you walk around a store, do you wonder how they come to offer the items you see on the shelves?
These are the sorts of things I wonder. I wonder this because we all know something is terribly, terribly wrong with our world regarding food. As an American I know that things are beyond insane when it comes to food. We are in the midst of some of the most difficult economic times in our nation's and world's history. Political revolution has sprung up all over the planet. Things are difficult in many ways. The good side of these things, if there can be such a thing, is that it gets people talking. We give our opinion on all these subjects. We may feel we have little control over these events, but we openly and candidly and passionately discuss them. Still, when it comes to the very thing we have the most control over, putting things into our bodies, we balk. We talk about what we like and what we shouldn't do, but we really don't discuss food policy. We don't ask why things are even allowed to be sold. We don't wonder how some things can even be called "food". I liken this to the discussion of marijuana legalization. Everyone has an opinion on one side or the other, and that is fine. But I don't often hear people say that alcohol should be made a drug in the same category. I don't hear many people saying that cigarettes should be given the same classification as marijuana. It is documented proof that alcohol is killer of great proportions. More people die due to alcohol in two weeks than we lost in the attacks of 9/11. No outrage is offered. For tobacco it is worse: every two and a half days. Yet the government still allows the sale of tobacco. If we really looked at how food and food choices influenced disease and death, where would that number fall? It may be even higher than tobacco if obesity, heart disease, hypertension, some cancers and other potentially food-influenced issues were counted. Where is the outrage? Where is the outrage that it is hard to afford quality organic produce, yet farmers get subsidies to grow "food" to make ethanol?
In the end, not asking questions can lead to dire consequences, be they war and death or poor food choices and sickness. Thinking is still allowed. We all need to do it. Think, wonder, ask, ponder, investigate and research. One way to do all this better is to keep on with the Reboot! Nothing will clear your head any better than that. Nothing will give you the experience you need to understand that maybe we've been sold a bill of goods.
|I am 30% through the 60 days.|
Weight: 154.1 lbs.
Food: Fruit/Veg Smoothie With Hemp Seed
|Just did four again today, so only one picture.|
|Picked this A.M. 1 in my smoothie.|