I'm watchin this eminem video on youtube (not my typical interest but Im clickity clicking down suggestions) and he crosses himself in a video.
So I get to thinking that on one hand, subordination to christian imagery is declining and is too polluted with historical bad karma to be done with integrity.
But on the other hand, I like seeing people do tribal identifying gestures that indicate a shared value system.
So I propose that we, the internet primal community, innovate some such gestures. Like when we pull meat out of the fridge and present it to be cut and prepared, or before we eat, or before and after different workouts, or a protective ward against dwarf wheat- all of that would be awesome and I would rep it all over town all the time.
No. It doesn't do anything, so I'm not doing it.
[QUOTE=MEversbergII;1101079]No. It doesn't do anything, so I'm not doing it.
That sounds about right to me.
Without belief there is no point in those things.
Well, I'm Christian so I still say Grace prior to eating, but my neighbor is Japanese and she says a simple one word invocation prior to eating, I believe it's the Japanese word for "Gratitude" or something. It's not religious. But I like that it keeps one mindful that we should always be grateful for what we have, whether we're religious or not. There's proof that those who feel gratitude are happier than those who don't. So in that respect, I believe it does do something.
I'm not really 100% sure what you mean, or if you're being completely sarcastic. However, on a serious note: whenever I am cooking/preparing/eating something that came from an animal, including meat, fat, organs, eggs, milk, cheese, bone, etc... I alway try and pay my respects to the animal as I am doing so. Kind of like a prayer, except instead of praying to a god, I'm thanking the animal for contributing its energy to me in order to thrive at full potential.
I know it sounds a little wacky, but it really helps me stay grounded, in a sense. I acknowledge that it's given it's life to me, and make sure to cook it with care and love. I try to remember to feel satiety and give attention to my meal, without modern day distractions.
... So, showing respect for the animal as a Primal gesture, is that what you meant?
I have some acquaintances that practice Last Bite when hunting.
Yes I am saying....
As "primal" is a movement that addresses many topics that radiate from a single center (that center being basically, "what made Grok strong?"),
and as movements communicate themselves in society by way of gestures and language
primal people should have recognized shared gestures that serve to bind their individual behavior to a collective movement.
Who says we want to be easily identifiable as part of a collective movement?
Why would anyone go doing that.
For the reason that I thought, "That's cool" when I saw eminem cross himself...
for the reasons that EagleRiverDee said she already does this...And because of what Cierra said.
And I don't mean easily identifiable to the masses who know nothing of what we are about- but if I saw someone doing a Primal gesture at the gym before benching or something, that'd be awesome, and would start a relationship.
I feel that a collective gesture to represent a cultural movement is very much like a nickname: when someone tries to force a nickname on themselves, it doesn't really work. Gestures have to be slowly created, earned, and meaningful in order for the, to be a true representation. I think that, over time, the Paleo/Primal movement will have an image or gesture associated with it, whether given by the general public or created by a revolutionary event. So, don't force it. If the primal way of life sticks and becomes more popular, these gestures will slowly start popping up everywhere!