Down the Memory Hole…

The United States of America is in the middle of some interesting times, to say the least. I would call them troubling times, because some of the events resemble what has happened in classic novels, like 1984 and Fahrenheit 451.

If you’ve read my blog before, then you are familiar with some of my views. I am very much a supporter of the U. S. Constitution, especially with regard to free speech and the right to bear arms. If you know me on a personal level, you know that I take advantage of modern technology but I am not on Facebook, I believe in personal privacy, and I am a skeptic about the ways information is shared, obtained, and(un)protected on a large scale.

I am a white, American woman of Irish, English, Scottish, Russian, Polish, Lithuanian, and Texan descent who grew up in Chicago in a mostly white, middle-class neighbor and attended a well integrated public high school and developed friendships with  people of many races. I later attended a small college in the South and travelled with a tennis team compromised of American, English, French, Yugoslavian, Russian, and South African players. I have lived in cities small, medium and large. I feel like I have benefited from the opportunities to meet and learn about people from many walks of life. I remember teammates telling me that Americans and their government were wasting a lot of time and resources on a president (Bill Clinton) who cheated repeatedly on his wife, which is apparently common (and expected) in other parts of the world, when the country should be working on other more important matters. Never has any one of these people ever mentioned being offended by a statue, or a flag, or a street name. I believe most of the people I have encountered would today say that the focus is in the wrong place. I feel that they would be right.

The thing that scares me is that I think a lot of history, American and otherwise, has already gone down the Memory Hole. Books get edited and new editions come out all the time, whether they be biographies with inconvenient facts, textbooks updated with new information (which generates revenue for the writer/publisher), the many interpretations of the Holy Bible (50 versions in English alone), and on and on and on. I remember watching the GOP debate in 2012 when Rick Perry mentioned that the hardcopy version of Mitt Romney’s Book had a few different lines that the same chapter of the paperback version of his book. a I read Barack Obama’s book “Dreams from My Father”, and the version I read in paperback referenced Frank Marshall Davis, who some believe is his real  father ( I’ll leave that up to you to research and decide), differently that the first edition Hardcover version. Even history books tell different views of the same events, not always out of deceit or bias, but due to interpretation.

My far is that removing statues also removes the chance for people to know what happened and  to see who was a part of our American history, good or bad. Taking down the statues attempts to erase events that are a part of some people’s heritage, whether we agree or not. We are slowly but surely putting history, information, and the truth down the Memory Hole so history can be taught the way some people want it to be told instead as it really happened.  Read books, research and see for yourself what the history, rather than let slanted media that are paid to present a narrative tell you what happened and what is true. I frequent get my news from alternative sources like InfoWars and Natural News, and then I do my own research. Take  time to think for yourself, and then decide what you believe and what you don’t.

 

Red Pill, Blue Pill… and choosing food for mind and body

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt from 08/21/15: “Red Pill, Blue Pill.” If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?

Buddha's Brew TangerineThe short answer is no,  because I would hate to give up my favorite foods and drinks, including coffee, Boyfriend’s chocolate chip and double chocolate peanut butter cookies, and the wonderful dinners that he prepares us out of simple but healthy ingredients, pizza, hamburgers from Mighty Fine, fresh squeezed orange juice, Buddha’s Brew kombucha, and many other tasty items.

courtesy of infowars.com

My next answer is that this reminds me of Alex Jones, the well-known alternative media man from Infowars.com and Infowars radio, who talks about taking the red pill or the blue pill to know the truth or to stay in the dark about the reality of our world. He often plays a clip from the movie The Matrix, with Morpheus offering Neo a way to learn the truth for himself.  Before you leave my page due to mention of a “conspiracy theorist”, I urge you to check out Infowars.com because it is a great place to find out what is really going on in the world and the articles usually offer supporting links so you can do more research. Ok, now back to food.

I am skeptical of quick-fix solutions in general, and I am assuming that this nutritional solution would be produced in a lab, likely making it chemical based and/or genetically modified. Not that I am a perfect, healthy eater, but I try to avoid regular consumption of fast food, modified, GMO, HFCS, artificial dyes/colors/etc. whenever possible.  I don’t eat McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s, Whataburger, KFC, or any of the other similar restaurants because of the quality and content of the food. The place I fall down on this the most is at work when the department is celebrating a birthday or holiday, and I decide to have the piece of cake, despite its foot-long list of ingredients.

Boyfriend's cookies going into the oven
Boyfriend’s cookies going into the oven

Boyfriend and I have done our research and have learned what we can and should eat based on how our bodies react to food. We do not react well to the fake, “pancake syrup” given for your waffles or pancakes at many restaurants, often feeling sluggish and tired after dousing our food with high fructose corn syrup. Both of us were really excited to find out that Kerbey Lane, a Central Texas restaurant that serves breakfast 24 hours a day, has both “pancake syrup” and the real maple syrup, which they will give you if you ask. We are willing to pay the extra dollar for real maple syrup, and we are both happy that this restaurant sources a lot of its ingredient from local farmers.

Food is really important for nourishing your mind, body, and soul. I realize that food serves a purpose and is necessary for each of us to survive, whether it is tasty or not, and whether it is affordable or not, but being able to choose your food is satisfying. I have taken people to get food at a food pantry as a function my job, and I have delighted in seeing people be able to choose between chicken noodle soup and sirloin vegetable soup, or between wheat bread and French bread. Food takes us to another part of ourselves through our senses and our memories, good and bad.

rutamaya-mediumroast-I remember cutting vegetables with my grandmother and eating cucumbers while I helped her cook, and that crosses my mind when I am making myself a salad. Tasting one of Boyfriend’s wonderful chocolate chip cookies makes me feel loved and reminds me of making cookies to share with others while I was growing up. Each and everyone of us has a story about a meal, a place he/she used to go for family celebrations or a smell that would permeate their home at a special time. Why would we completely give that up for convenience in pill-form, when eating at McDonald’s is bad enough? The conspiracy theorist in me is sure that the powers that be already have the idea for us to consume our nutrients and whatever else they feel is good for us in the form of pills, capsules and other devices with no other choice sometime in the future.

Until then, I will eat my salads, my golden scrambled eggs, grass-fed beef or bison, seasoned organic chicken with Brussels sprouts, home-made cookies, Ruta Maya coffee with Mill-King organic whole milk and other tasty items made with real ingredients that make me happy, if nothing else.

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