Friday, October 12, 2012

leash your dogma

LEASH YOUR DOGMA
Our new employee here at the Bum Hospice ( everyone had to take a 10% hour cut to help make ends meet, but at the same time we get a 100% government grant for a new paperwork pusher position.  Makes perfect sense, right? ) is a real nice gal but has a particular view of vegetarianism.  Now, as much as I take liberties assuming facts for any and all circumstances so as to delude myself I am speaking from insight as I shovel disdain and hate towards everyone, I do actually have a lot of research towards diet.  When I was a young lad and fully vested into keeping Loompanics in business ( a VERY fringe bookseller, now out of business ) I not only read up on survivalism and anarchy, politics and economics and drug culture ( the benign, peaceful hippie era, not the violent quest for territory and profits it morphed into ), reading such as Robert Anton Wilson, I also read heavily and widely into the then fringe area of diet.  You know those two quacks that preached mega-vitamins and a low calorie diet to prolong life?  Stuff like that.  I’m very well versed in the gimmicks and buzz words of alternate diet and medicine.  While much has credibility, in general you could still say that the whole movement is little different than Political Correctness or Scientology in that it is an untested dogmatic lifestyle willingly accepted without question by its cultists.
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The reasoning goes that man is not meant to eat meat.  His intestinal track is too long, not at all like the short intestines of a cat or dog ( now they are trying to tell you those animals foods should have plenty of vegetables-  but I won’t digress ) who only eat meat.  Then, they list a long and varied set of diseases that are caused by eating meat.  Clogged arteries and all the rest.  Well, a few minutes thought would dispel all that nonsense.  First, after hundreds of thousands of years ( if not longer ) of a hunter gatherer existence, everything done in the last ten thousand years of farming is unnatural.  Everything from the diet to the culture.  Second, only by leading a sedentary lifestyle do you have issues from eating too much in the way of animal products.  A life of leisure combined with central heating, because if you are exposed to the winter elements, you need fat and meat like crazy.  Only in a year round 75 degree Los Angeles could the birth of the Granola Culture take place.  If you are sitting around the jungle gazing at your navel, a vegetarian or fruitarian diet will do you little harm other than a few minor mineral or vitamin deficiencies.  I’ve never based my diet on dogma, not for long.  I listen to the books, then listen harder to my body when it talks to me.  Twenty years ago each summer I lived on fruit.  This was back when fruit had both nutrients and taste.  Come winter, I went back to meat and potatoes.  Or, I’d go with a lactovegetarian diet ( milk products allowed ) in the mild seasons and back to meat in the winter.  Ask any pregnant woman.  Your body knows better than your brain.
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And here is the problem with dogma.  It can be dangerous.  Only by grouping up has the human race been allowed the luxury of not using their magnificent tool the brain when they chose not to.  You have many others specializing in necessities, and can get away from thinking too much.  Of course, that dependence also allows Group Think, so it is a bit of a self reinforcing trend.  Yes, it is a survival trait, substituting Hive Mind for individual thought, but it has a flip side of the coin ( as do all survival traits.  Such as violence being channeled into minimally damaging activities so as to have it on tap in times of need ).  Dogma.  Like most dogs, dogma likes to makes messes on the living room rug ( just before company arrives ).  He’s a good watchdog and protector, but nothing can stop him from crapping inside.
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The problem is not that we allow dogmas to pollute our rational thought.  We all have irrational programming.  The problem is that half the time we have no idea we are spouting that programming, instead thinking we’ve given two thought to a problem.  “If you want to burn our flag, wrap yourself in it first”.  Okay, a flag does represent your current tribe.  No argument there.  But a nation is NOT a tribe.  It is a substitute for the tribe it destroyed assimilating more population.  To lay your life down to protect family, even extended family is one thing.  It is quite another to kill yourself for the profit of strangers.  “You’re afor us, or agin us”.    Almost the same thing, but much more dangerous.  If you don’t support them, they will kill you.  This is dogma on the oppressors side, and double dangerous since most of the time there is no feedback mechanism against them.  They oppress with impunity.  The problem with this one is that you can’t assume your enemy is even viewing the universe through the same lens you are.  It is merely self justification.  “What’s good for GM is good for America”.  Well, we all now know GM was the wrong horse to back in the game.  But back in the day, it was more a rallying cry for mercantilism than a specific company.  Government was by the businesses for the businesses and along the way a rising tide raised all boats.  Another self delusional view, but this time by victims willingly embracing servitude and a life of geegaw cluttered squalor. 
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Or maybe I’m just asking you all to think too much and I should leave you to your fantasies.  Naw.  No fun for me.  Check out the guest article posted early.  Details on different junk land in Elko.  Enjoy your weekend.
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3 comments:

  1. Jim

    Did you get more rain then usual this year? Also whilst digging the New And Improved Pit Of Doom, didya hit any hardpan? If so how far down was it?

    Tanks!

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  2. I was a Loompanics supporter as well, a whole lot of books that were 'fringe topics', I'm sorry it is gone. Paladin is just a shadow of what Loompanics was, imo.

    I agree, vegetarians are going to have a lot of trouble if Bad Times occur. We would need some high energy foods, and veggies just don't provide it. I do think that the majority of them will come around and change their habits though - its that or just die off. Their call.

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