Fucking cultists

If a life crisis has something good attached, it’s probably that you’re at a point where it is relatively easy to question how you lived your life to date and wether there’s things that you need to consider if you want to improve your quality of life. I got into the whole nutrition topic at some point, not because I have an acute health issue. I just want to live healthier, because I realised that I simply did the opposite. My ears were open, so when something came along that seemed interesting to read or watch, I just did.

I ended up reading a lot and I came across 2 documentaries, “We love paleo” and “What the health” in this order, both specifically dealing with nutrition. The first is basically promoting paleo, the second veganism.

The topics and arguments overlap to a huge degree. And I can agree that the problems are much larger than what we stuff into our mouths. Where does it come from, what is its footprint? All of these approaches have a common ground and a common goal. Which is great. This awareness affects your decisions, as well as your role as a consumer. Awareness is the keyword here.

The only problem that I have with most of the information out there dealing with “nutrition lifestyles” is that they very, very quickly turn into some sort of semi-religious discourse that is as monetized as everything these guys are criticizing. These two documentaries make my point pretty easily. The way the documentaries are structured is almost identical, people with personal stories talk about their transformation, lots of “experts” talking, lots of facts that are not entirely lined out, no link to a list of sources, arguments laced with emotions. The more you dig around for additional information, at some point you realise that this is all manufactured by “members of the cult”. This is really not helpful. It is inevitably manufactured itself to be a PR piece, even if part of their message is to show that corporate interest itself is the fundamental issue here. So battling PR with PR. Agenda with agenda. Fucking useless, constructed PR arguments that are not supposed to inform you rationally but try to lure you into some kind of a cult. The “all or nothing”.

Can’t we just establish facts for a moment without having to delve into conspiracy theories? Are we trying to look at the big picture or is the big picture just a hook to get you to join a lifestyle cult? Maybe it’s just simply wrong to connect the big picture (ecology, economy) to the personal issue (nutrition) as it creates a large number of paradoxical situations.

I’m not a fan of how animal products are produced in this age. And I’m the first one to tell you that it’s most probably wrong to buy animal products. The harm it inflicts on other parts of this complex system we live in is substantial. But so is the mass production of coconut products (famously used in the paleo lifestyle) or almonds, palm oil products and other plant products. They all affect the system.

This isn’t just about what you eat, it’s about where you buy your food, which legislation you vote on, the economy and the political system as a whole. If you think you make the world a better place by switching out one bad thing with another bad thing, nothing’s gonna change. All you did was create a bubble around your ideology that works in your belief system and off you go, booking your next intercontinental flight to fucking Bali to have a 2 week retreat in a Yoga resort or drive around with a VW bus that is “kinda hippy” but uses 10 times more gas per kilometer than any other semi-modern car . What. The. Fuck.

They all make points that are good. I’m not saying either is bullshit. But they all are, some more, some less, self-inflicted hypocrites.

Funny thing is, I can replace a few keywords of this text and it applies as much to nutritional lifestyles as to JavaScript frontend frameworks. Oh the irony.

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