In Defense of Crazy
November 7, 2011
So, I’m a bit of a hypochondriac. I wasn’t always this way, but then I turned 23 and started experiencing the aches and pains of old age. And now I’m 29, so clearly it’s all over. In the past
year three months, I’ve diagnosed myself with thyroid problems, glaucoma, tumors, several cancers, and mono. I don’t ever actually go to the doctor though, so I have a sneaking suspicion that I mostly just like to pretend there’s some validity to my whining about being tired and lazy.
When I’m not being a hypochondriac, I’m usually beginning a short-lived stint of deciding to eat real, whole foods. Every once in awhile, I watch a movie like Food Inc. or read a book like In Defense of Food and I become convinced that I should change my eating habits. I think this neurosis is actually kind of valid. The majority of the food we eat is fake — it’s been engineered. Even our fruits and vegetables have been fancied up to be bigger and better. Which, I would guess, is probably not awesome for you.
So, neurosis (and desire to lose a few pounds) in full swing, I went to Whole Foods this weekend. But even at Whole Foods you have to be careful, you guys! The experts say that you should buy food that is organic and grown close to home, if possible. (If it’s grown far away, they probably picked it early and gave it some kind of fakeness to make it pretty and ripe by the time it arrives in your store.) Also, when you’re buying food, look at the ingredients on the package. If there are more than about five ingredients, and if you’re unable to pronounce them because they include words like sucrakillermine and poisondeathlypoisonazine, you probably shouldn’t get it.
Denise, this is such a fascinating health lesson!
Well, thanks, guys!
But why are you not boring us to death with things about the Old Testament or Jewishness or pointing your finger and laughing at us because we’ve used the word Jehovah?
No worries, you guys! Boringness straight ahead!
Part of the reason I feel like I should think about what I eat is because sometimes it seems to be important to God. (I think I’ve talked about some of this on the bloggy before, but I’m way too lazy to figure that out. Sorry.) For example, in Genesis, God gave Adam, Eve and the animals only plants to eat. It seems like, before the fall, no one ate meat. We all know that fruits and veggies are good for us, but it seems like those are the things we were truly meant to eat.
Secondly, I honestly believe that God cares about all of his creation. We’ve been given dominion over the earth, and I definitely think we’re allowed to eat meat. However, I do feel that there’s maybe something to thinking about how our meat was treated before it was killed for our consumption.
I’m not a big animal person. I was scared of dogs until I was about 12. I tolerate cats, and I am filled with fear and hatred for birds. But in the Bible, when God finally shows up to answer Job’s requests, he says nothing about people. Instead, for four chapters he goes on and on about nature and animals. He says that he knows when and where the mountain goats and doe give birth. He feeds the lions and the ravens. Proverbs tells us that righteous people care for the needs of their animals. God seems to care about animals a little bit, even if I don’t.
A lot of the meat we buy wasn’t treated that great. Chickens are physically engineered to produce more breast meat, which keeps them from being able to walk. Many cows are stuffed together in pens and then slaughtered in a pretty gross fashion. This isn’t the farmers’ fault — they are simply meeting our demands. We want meat and lots of it. Which is fine. But, I think it’s worth thinking about this issue from a biblical perspective.
What does it mean that God thought heaven on earth meant no steak, just plants? What does it look like to consider all of God’s creation when buying eggs and meat? Jews eat kosher meat which is killed very humanely — maybe it’s worth buying my hamburger from a kosher deli. It’s a few cents more to buy free-range eggs, but perhaps that’s OK.
I haven’t come to a conclusion on all these things yet, but I definitely think it’s worth pondering. Especially as I start my latest neurosis.
K, I’ve got whole wheat pasta to boil and pomegranates to de-seed. Have a lovely day, friendsies!