Monday, July 09, 2007
You know, a lot of people fall into different crowds, and it seems like every crowd has its own version of Kool-Aid for you to buy into and drink for mind-numbing, opinion homogenizing goodness. It could be the "everything is caused by global warming" Kool-Aid, or the "war is good for democracy" Kool-Aid or simply the "my research is worthwhile and is better than that guy's, well, just cuz!" Kool-Aid. Point is, sometimes it's really hard to filter through all the sugar to the crux of what's really going on. And even if you are capable/able to do that - to understand for yourself that it's really just food coloring, sugar, and water, but maybe there's a hint of actual flavoring in there that you can grasp onto and savor - it's still tough to get away from it... I mean, everyone around you is drinking their own flavor of the stuff in some way or another - even the ones drinking their nice healthy organic soymilk shake with non-GMO blended fruits have, somewhere mixed into that cup, a few lingering crystals of processed complacency with some established portion of their lives. Well, lest this metaphor get even more out of hand, I suppose all we can do is be aware of our own biases and predilections, and try not to let them get in the way.