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  • Eat Like Grok, Think Like a Peasant

    What does think like a peasant mean to me? Well it means being interested in things that are in my immediate vicinity as opposed to nationally or internationally; eat local, think local. I don't eat mass produced foods why should I consume mass produced news? Both have a toxic effect on me and are not designed for my benefit but rather to make some one some money. Mass produced news leaves me either feeling angry or depressed.

    I already don't watch TV or read the paper (kind of like eliminating wheat) but I was listening to the local noncommercial radio station (NPR and Democracy Now, similar to GF grains) while I worked in the kitchen but now I'm going all the way and eliminating that too. Will I be completely ignorant of the world outside my little backwater town? No, I'll hear about things in the greater world through word of mouth, rumour if you will. At least then the person's bias will be clear in a rustic sort of way unlike the slick, honed propaganda of national media.

    It's been a week since I've started this regime and I think I'm feeling slightly more calm and grounded. I don't know if I will be able to sustain this new way of thinking, only time will tell.
    Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

  • #2
    I have also been thinking this way. Most "news" is just a bunch of irrelevant speculation and lies to make you afraid so you buy the stuff on the commercials. Most people do (or should) have enough of their own goals, problems, challenges, etc. that they should focus on these things before worrying about something stupid from the TV.

    "Don't you care that some people got horribly murdered in some other state?" Not really. "Aren't you outraged and offended by what he said?" Nope. "Watch this video of something bad happening to someone else! Hilarious, isn't it?" No, you sociopath!

    Tim Ferriss wrote about this in his first book also. The idea is that to be creative, accomplish great things, and so on, you need to reduce unnecessary distractions and bullshit. I see it sort of like a mental paleo diet. Don't eat too much and don't eat cheap shitty poisions. Same thing with the thoughts and ideas that you take in.

    I haven't voluntarily watched or listened to news broadcasts in over a year and I haven't missed anything. My girlfriend watches it in the mornings before work and from what I overhear it is the same irrelevant crap every day.

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    • #3
      I am sure the people whose mouths you heard it from, subsequently heard it from TV and other such 'honed propaganda of national media.

      I'd say, watch the news, then make your own interpretations. Turn it off if the images are sickening you, but being ignorant has no redeeming qualities.

      Read it from a newspaper if you're that concerned. It's harder to get mis-information in a newspaper, as it takes the longest to publish (unlike instant online media). People have been communicating news via text for thousands of years, and news via images for even longer.
      Stumbled into Primal due to food allergies, and subsequent elimination of non-primal foods.

      Start Gluten-Free/Soy-Free: December 2012; start weight 158lbs, Ladies size 6
      Start Primal: March 2013, start weight 150lbs, Ladies size 6
      Current: 132lbs, Ladies size 2
      F/23/5'9"

      26lbs lost since cutting the crap.

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      • #4
        I realize that the people who tell me the news will have gotten it from some media source, it will just have their particular slant which will be more personal, and colored by their personal perspective, which for me is preferable. Kind of like folk art interpretations of cultural icons.

        Perhaps my post sounded a little naive, but I can assure you I am not. I studied visual media and am well aware of the history of images and the role they play in culture.
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        • #5
          nice. I do the same thing from time to time. I didnt use the internet for like a month for this reason- too much command-cued emotional bullshit that has nothing to do with my conditions. I treat barber shops and kids on bikes that hang out on the street as my media.
          "Ah, those endless forests, and their horror-haunted gloom! For what eternities have I wandered through them, a timid, hunted creature, starting at the least sound, frightened of my own shadow, keyed-up, ever alert and vigilant, ready on the instant to dash away in mad flight for my life. For I was the prey of all manner of fierce life that dwelt in the forest, and it was in ecstasies of fear that I fled before the hunting monsters."

          Jack london, "Before Adam"

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          • #6
            Nice to hear from you Mr. Perfidy, you were missed during your month long absence. Street news is just as valid IMO.

            And Markbt it's good to know I have company in my "ignorance".
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • #7
              Not a bad idea, Urban Forager. Definitely will lessen inner turmoil.

              I do occasionally like to search "news of the weird."
              "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JoanieL View Post
                Not a bad idea, Urban Forager. Definitely will lessen inner turmoil.

                I do occasionally like to search "news of the weird."
                Hubby and son like to tell me news of that sort, I always find that entertaining.
                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                • #9
                  I think it's a great idea to turn off the news. I was thinking about this just last night. Here's what always happens:

                  1. There is some big giant tragedy.
                  2. It becomes this Big Drama that the news plays out, showing the same images over and over, writing the same narrative over and over: We Americans are so great. We come together in tragedy. We will persevere. The authorities are brave and keep us safe. Blah blah blah. Images of people praying. Images of authority figures being brave. Politicians shedding tears and speaking sermons to us. It makes me sick.
                  3. The local news gets into it. People call in to the local news "How can I be safe from poisonous mail?" They try to reassure us that authorities keep us safe. Safety is the most important thing. Stay inside, report suspicious things, stay safe. Whatever you do, don't go outside and live. Don't go outside and notice there are friendly mothers walking their babies in strollers and people with happy puppies out enjoying the evening air. Don't go outside and see the birds and the flowers and the changing seasons. Don't go outside and notice them ruining the desert with industrial windmills and chopping down the forest and polluting all the water. Just stay home, take your meds and be good.

                  God this all makes me so disgusted.
                  Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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                  • #10
                    Actually, I don't mean to be rude, but what you are describing might be considered by some "provincial". I used to ignore the news but these days I find I feel better if I follow various media stories and themes (especially those that are health related) to get a sense of what the masses are being programmed to believe. It can be a distraction, I agree, but these days if you don't keep up, you can get left behind. And some of it is actually good info.

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                    • #11
                      You got it Sbhikes! We are constantly being told that The World is a very scary place, never mind the fact that when I venture out into it, it all feels fairly benign and even downright friendly.

                      I say embrace the provincial peasant within!
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • #12
                        I like this concept up to a point. Personally, I want to stay informed about politics to some degree because I want to vote and have my say in the outcome of things. I also do care when people are dying unnecessarily and want to do what I can to help, if I can. This doesn't mean "share this picture on Facebook if you have a soul!!!!" I mean volunteering, donating, whatever. My efforts may still remain local, but I think they can have a broader effect.
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                        • #13
                          I think consuming less media is a good idea, generally. I'm in Amsterdam now and I was following the Boston marathon explosion and the MIT shooting/Watertown news via Twitter literally from nearly the moment they started. I woke up, checked Facebook, saw that a friend had linked to a Twitter post with a smoky photo of the finish line tagged "wtf the just happened." It was a weird experience for me. A weird week, really, having gone to school in Waltham, MA and being originally from San Antonio, TX (and having been through West many a time).

                          I would never avoid national and international news entirely though... Unless I knew I were always going to stay in the same place, or if I actually wanted to.

                          If anything, local news is generally far worse in my opinion.

                          But some people are talking about just getting news from word-of-mouth, OK. Raw Twitter data may actually be something you'd like then. But for uninterpreted news it'd have to be real-time, i.e. you'd have to be glued to your screen.

                          Now that I'm rambling, I was at a lecture today by Daniel Everett of Bentley University, who studied the Piraha of the Amazon. (There is a debate about whether natural language is recursive ... Piraha is the only known language with no recursion). Piraha also has, for instance, only the present tense, and one can only speak about things of which one has direct experience, or knows someone with direct experience. Everett hypothesizes that this is mostly because of their in-the-moment culture. The documentary about his work on their language is thus called "The Grammar of Happiness."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
                            I like this concept up to a point. Personally, I want to stay informed about politics to some degree because I want to vote and have my say in the outcome of things. I also do care when people are dying unnecessarily and want to do what I can to help, if I can. This doesn't mean "share this picture on Facebook if you have a soul!!!!" I mean volunteering, donating, whatever. My efforts may still remain local, but I think they can have a broader effect.
                            I used to feel that way about politics, but then reality (and cynicism) set in. Two groups are lying to you and manipulating you into hating "the other side" in order to keep their jobs. They constantly drag up "controversial" topics and pretend that they matter to keep you angry, afraid, and distracted. I have no real desire to hate half of the population. "If I don't vote, THEY will win and life will be over." Most people tend to lean one way or the other, but the reality is that both sides are equally selfish and corrupt, just in different ways. The good news is that they are also mostly irrelevant and don't really DO much, despite all their stupid arguments. Spending hours listening to this week's meaningless argument about nothing is not going to improve my life at all, more like the exact opposite. I don't care what Rush Limbaugh said this time, I'm going to go eat some lamb and climb a mountain.

                            I understand the desire to stay informed, it is what we are all told we should do in order to be a "good citizen", I'm just not really sure that it is all that necessary.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Markbt View Post
                              I understand the desire to stay informed, it is what we are all told we should do in order to be a "good citizen", I'm just not really sure that it is all that necessary.
                              Especially in this last presidential election, I saw more of what you are talking about than ever before (probably because I was looking/paying more attention). Personally, I hope to extend my influence by focusing more on local and state issues. It seems like this country is too large to manage, sometimes, but I am still very invested in this concept of being a "good citizen".

                              sjmc, twitter and police scanners that were hosted online is how I kept informed of the marathon bombings (I work in Waltham, live nearby). I am also more interested in how people respond, not as much in the actual content. If I can't directly change the horrible things that happen, I can at least promote better ways of discussing it and sharing that information. "Raw data" is a little overwhelming to me as a news source, but it's definitely interesting to see how people react. It's like a more unfiltered version of what ends up on the mainstream news.
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