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Governing dynamics

Not much anymore do I entertain the idea that there is template diet for people to eat and be healthy on (cough… butter). In the end what is a good diet usually follows some sort of common sense. Of course common sense is a hard commodity to come by for most that have grown up in Western culture where food is abundant and survival that counts on one finding food is obsolete.

More so, I find that people who are interested in “nutrition” are unfortunately some of the sickest people I have come to know in my life, not only do they suffer from day-to-day with choosing foods to eat, but they also suffer with varying degrees of the opposite of cognitive clarity. As Peter writes in so many words there are in fact very few normal people…

Of course this is not some semantic logic designed to say that common sense would be this or that, and if you don’t agree with my common sense then you lack common sense, but rather, common sense is: the ability to think and reason on your own.

There are an abundance of brilliant and free-thinking people in the world. And for every one of those people there are a google of people claiming that the brilliant person they defend (for whatever reason) is correct, not just correct in one or two things but most things; most of the time I find this defense to be for self-confirmation rather than anything remotely resembling something of noble virtue.

People have this idea that if someone is correct about one thing and that one thing happens to impact their life for the better, then the brilliant person who discovered a morsel of applicable truth, must by extension then be correct about other things. Perhaps.

Perhaps not. And it is the perhaps not that people seem to have trouble with, and I postulate that this problem stems from the concept of sin and perfection from Christendom. People have a really hard time accepting that brilliance comes in short stories not novels. If a man is right about one thing, and wrong about another thing, then that right thing will be questioned. People seem to have a hard time excepting the paradox that reason can give you a truth but that same reason (framework) can lead to very wrong conclusions.

Where you find a brilliant person with a brilliant idea, you will find googles of people in some form or another twisting that brilliant idea, into a dogma. I always found that rude. But while rude, this is what Max Weber the sociologist observed when dogmas create dilemmas. Worse, those people defend the progenitor of the idea as if they are soldiers of some noble cause, some personal friend. I’ve always found that rude as well and more than slightly ignorant.

Perhaps it is time that we allow governing dynamics a chance to take over. Nash and Smith both understood this concept, one mathematically minded and the latter economically minded.

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  • Jake 06/12/2013, 12:50 am

    Thanks for your thoughts. I think one issue with nutrition is that dietary changes can have profound effects on people’s quality of life and often those that are the loudest about their beliefs ( or dogmas) are the ones that have had the most success implementing nutritional changes. It is very hard not to get caught up in telling everyone about how amazing your diet is when it truthfully has been amazing to you. I have fallen victim to this myself unfortunately, and can look back with some clarity. Changing my diet has always produced very noticeable and immediate results for me, although I suspect that I’m hypersensitive to my environment.

    The first time I took LSD I believed for months (maybe even years) afterwards that it was a gift from god himself and that everyone should take it, simple because it truly was a miracle for me. While now I realize that some people probably shouldn’t be taking psychedelics, at the time it was too real for me to think in any other way. I think about nutrition in a similar manner.

  • Jake 06/12/2013, 12:54 am

    I guess I mean it is hard to keep something that you believe is amazing to yourself. Sometimes people come off as too enthusiastic while sharing and it gets misinterpreted, I think people generally have good intentions.

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