Sustain Tradition, Promote Progress


Our Generation’s Prime

As new generations grow into their prime, they bring within them an aggregate of changes they implement into culture as we know it. Lately, our educators and environmentalists have shined the spotlight on the squandering we have caused on our earth and life cycles. Although progress is imminent, it may be very slow, and even reversed in areas that should not even rise concern. An epoch is marked by a pivotal shift towards progress. The Industrial Revolution, Silicon Valley, The Crusades, The Roman Empire; places and times, or rather places in time where intense progress happened. The Industrial Revolution brought machinery and Sillicon Valley the iPad. But where did this all come from? Us. Our human species as homo sapiens has been in constant evolutive progress for over 200,000 years. We have created fingerprint readers, spaceships, e-books, cellphones, MRI scanners, cloned animals, green buildings, alternative energies, hydroponic gardening and much more. Imagine a room. A wholly remarkable room supplied with everything in which for a short period of time, say 2 hours, any given person was asked to be creative. Now, what would you offer them for lunch? Im sure your first response wasn’t pizza, tacos, bagels, a hamburger, or a hot pocket. Food fuels us and has therefore fueled all of this progress. Yet, a majority of the western world goes by their daily routine running off of highly processed, preservative rich foods that do the opposite of what food is intended for: nurture.

 

Pleasure is Not Sustainable

Unlike the wonderfully sustainable Plant Kingdom, we cannot directly use the Sun’s rays for energy. We must in turn consume things that can. All of  thinking, initiative, emotion, innovation, creativity, and metabolic processes are fueled by types of food. Foods are natural and, more often than hoped, un-natural items that provide nutrients for our bodies or pleasure. Surely enough, when we speak of food we mostly now refer to items that bring pleasure and not nutrition. Our diets should not be dictated by what our tongues and advertisement infused brains think we need, but instead on what our body tells us we need. The hard part has become listening to our bodies. So distracted by tv commercials, grocery stores, social cafes, Adderall, and (the most popular flavor enhancer) marijuana, how are we even expected to?  How can our generation create the sustainable utopia we dream about fueled on microwaved, nutrient deficient, yet highly pleasurable edible items? It sounds rough, but the truth almost always does. Before I mentioned that innovation and progress were fueled by foods, I meant foods that bring nutrition. Although some innovation and progress does come from pleasurable foods, that kind of progress is not sustainable.  Billions of dollars are spent on healthcare in this country. Why? This is the self-claimed richest, most powerful country in the world. People should be healthy not sick. The number one killing disease should not be obesity.

 

Places of Restoration

Think of a restaurant. A lavish and sense stimulating location where we go to nurture ourselves. But do we? Restaurants have become the brothels of our time. Pristine service, service being a polite term, and tongue pleasing food is their business. Offering up they’re items with sweet, tantalizing, decadent, luscious, tangy, bittersweet, scrumptious adjectives that make their product seem the best. We don’t even get to look at the food before we order it, unless the establishment feels so inclined as to display pictures on their menu to convince you not to judge the “book by its cover.” Why are there 150 menu items at some places? So their storage room can be stocked with preservative rich foods that will be ordered once? But have it they must. What would happen if they didn’t satisfy everybody’s cravings? Looking over a celebrity chef’s newest cookbook I notice how unnecessary the end result of a recipe is as food. As leaders, artists, pioneers, thinkers, and businessmen I sincerely admire the leading chef’s in the world. As the crew responsible for setting the standard in diet they should be ashamed of themselves. Restaurants originated as places of restoration, hence the name. Places where the common folk could go for a hearty meal that would provide sustained energy for the day. All I feel after eating at Restaurant Magazine reviewed restaurants is hunger, over-indulgence, and an empty wallet. Don’t misunderstand; expensive places of social pleasure that revolve around food should exist, but they should not be the norm. This is a calling for places that serve healthy meals for close to nothing in a communal setting, because you and I both know that even a microwave dinner tastes better when you’re with someone.

 

Bring Back Tradition

Ancient civilizations were capable of performing feats still un-deciphered by us today. I do believe this is the result of a well balanced diet. One that offers optimum performance of body and brain and allows us to achieve our goals. What was their diet composed of? The foods available to them. This is where Local rings a bell. It is not  healthy, sustainable, or financially sound for a community to have a food chain based off of imported products. Papaya if you are in Alaska. Why would you want to eat a piece of fruit harvested before all the nutrients were delivered to it? I guess we do it to feed the consumption of carbon fuels required to get it to us. Ancient civilizations were well fed with the foods available to them. Foods that prospered in their fertile lands. Diets high in whole grains, little animal protein, fruits and vegetables were what allowed Mayas to predict the future, Egyptians to build pyramids, and Chinese to find antidotes for a poison within the same day! A movement towards the past is required to continue the fast paced evolution of our species that is happening. By chosing to eat a healthy, well balanced diet, you sustain tradition and promote progress. All while achieving a higher state of consciousness and saving our planet.

Moral of the story: Learn to cook, and if you already know: teach someone.

 

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