Agriculture was necessary for people to have more food, instead of living at starvation levels. Society could grow and we could develop science and technology. I understand that for some who have listened to their teachers in school that is an Evil Western Thing. Not for me. It is good that we can reach for the stars, and bring Life forward to unlock the secrets of the universe and overcome any obstacles in the future. We have only just begun.
So there is a difference in a goal-oriented morality and a nihilistic morality here. If you see no goals for Life, nothing to accomplish except existing until the planet dies at some point, then I can see how plowing a field can be considered evil, because you evicted the field mice who have as much Right to live as you - and who cares then that we will never reach above the mud level.
I will never accept arguments against grains based on that flower-power outlook on life. I will, however, note the scientific evidence that cutting out grains from your diet is healthier for your body. It wouldn't have been possible for us to survive that way in Medieval times, but it is now. Maybe not for the whole world at once, but for me. So that's why I do it.
Last edited by Erik W; 05-14-2013 at 11:40 AM.
Funny enough when I tell people they often have a more bizarre reaction of "oh yeah I've heard/read that's a really good way to loose weight" They then usually follow that up with
1. I have a thyroid problem
2. I don't eat fish so I would really struggle
3. My Doctor ( insert a whole host of rubbish)
4. Atkins leads to Heart Attacks (who mentioned Atkins???)
5. With my job its really hard...... canteens/colleagues etc
6. Life is to short - I mean if I can't have a cream cake now and again
As others have mentioned what is really frightening is just how easily people believe information if it comes from what on face value is a recognised institution.
The amount of times that I have explained to people that sugar is more often than not the replacement for fat in low fat products and then see their face glaze at the idea that their low fat yoghurt is not helping them loose weight.
The really strange part is the fact that these people are often in such admiration/jealous/wondering about how I keep so trim and lost so much weight and yet when you present them the solution they almost instantly decide it wouldn't work for them or real off a host of excuses.
Humans are very odd
Although I would have to partially agree that lately we have been more living against the land rather than with it, the first farmers and farmers in the past perhaps lived with the land, although it is impossible to say that now as vegetation and fruit is constantly planted in depleted soils artificially rejuvenated and to poor standards with fertilisers and other crop related stuff (I'm no farmer as you can probably tell).
The change to increased calories from grains made it possible for these lesser-nourished people to increase their rate of population growth. But more than that, it gave farmers an incentive to have large families, because the kids were built-in farm hands. Result: a population explosion lasting 10,000-20,000 years. which "science and technology" have been trailing behind in an effort to cope with population-driven changes.Society could grow and we could develop science and technology.
There is no evolutionary ladder for cultures, or for organisms for that matter. Change is just change.
Other criticisms include:
- one must eat a little bit of everything in moderation (ok, I'll add some grass-fed crickets :P )
- I am exaggerated, almost fanatic, I should cheat more often, it's not going to kill me if I do it once in a while (what they intend is: once per day)
- the skin on my stomach has the thickness of the skin on the back of one's hand (I never understood how this can be used as a form of criticism, it looks like a compliment to me)
- 18 eggs per week are too many, I won't have problems now but I'll do in 20 years (the only way to check who is right is to wait 20 years, I'll be there, and you?...)
- the ozone layer is gonna disappear, and that's because of livestock (fine, who is coming to Africa with me to kill all those methane f@rting elephants?)
- Leonardo da Vinci was a genius and was vegetarian (no, he wasn't: he wrote cookbooks with meat recipes and he even invented the automatic roaster machine to slowly turn the meat onto the fire)
The critics aren't always wrong. Eating high-fat can make a person malnourished, unless they consume offal and bone broth on a regular basis.
A Post-Primal PrimalPat
Do not allow yourself to become wrapped up in a food 'lifestyle'. That is ego, and you are not that.
Usually people tell me that they saw something on Dr. Oz and he said it, so it must be true.
Oh and the everything in moderation, I like that one a lot.