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*The following is the first part of a two part post dealing with the degradation of culture equating in the degradation of the quality of life. This first section is about food. Part Two is about mountaintop removal. Both of these issues are extremely important to me, but the issue of mountaintop removal has been the hardest to address because of the weight it carries in my east Kentucky home at the present. Please, leave your thoughts in the comments section of these posts. Good, respectful discussion is the key to finding answers.
The most informative blog (for my needs) that I have found so far is Nourished Kitchen. Jenny blogs about “real” food and the ways of traditional food preparation. She writes from a place of well researched thoughts, and a recent post she made added some flame to thoughts I had been having recently. Prisoners in the Illinois prison system are being fed a soy-based diet where they are eating upwards of 100 grams of soy daily. This isn’t normal for any person of any culture. What makes it even worse is Illinois has started a pilot program of this sort as lunches for children. What is so horrible about that?
All this cheap, fake food is lining the pockets of big food corporations and the Illinois governor, making the rich richer at the expense of people in need of rehabilitation and our children! Some of you may be of the mind set that prisoners are being punished, so why not feed them as cheaply as possible. Not every man or woman in the prison system is there because they consciously chose to commit a crime. We also must think that the majority of prisoners will be released one day. Do we not want them on the road to rehabilitation? John and I watched this Frontline two part documentary about that subject recently. About the children – for goodness sake they are growing beings making physical and mental leaps and bounds on a daily basis. They should be fed the best food possible to insure their future health. That is our responsibility as their caregivers. It’s not our lives we are taking in our hands, but the life of another.
I could write a book of ranting on the issue of food alone, but I think this is one symptom in the disease of America and other industrialized nations. It is the disease of the industrialization of culture. It’s embracing the easy road like there is some kind of prestige in a life that contains too much leisure. It is the replacing of the “real” with manufactured impressions. It is a sad state, and it is deteriorating any joy, love, and meaningfulness that we can glean from life on earth.
We can see the symptoms all too clearly when we take into consideration the lives our children lead and the things they contend with today via the media. Think back on your childhood and the images that filled your days. We are quickly becoming a nation void of culture that is outside of the culture that popular industry would have us adopt. Traditions are being lost and replaced with those that perpetuate capitalist ideas and goals. For example, the after Thanksgiving shopping extravaganza. What is the need, really? Who are you benefiting by putting yourself in debt or spending your money on frivolous things? How long will that feeling of joy last, if you even obtain it at all?
We are a nation that puts to much faith the system of gaining and utilizing monetary wealth. We listen to what industry tells us are the quick fixes to all our problems from our looks to the food we eat. It is not a wonder that we are becoming the most obese nation with the myriad of health and emotional problems that come with that. It is unnerving the many ways this diease affects our lives and the way we have become dissensitized to the effects.
Please check back tomorrow for Industrialization of Culture – Part Two (Coal).