Years back, I married a lady who ate nearly twice as much as me and stayed slender and beautiful. I, on the other hand, had to watch my diet, run many miles more than her and still I was never what you would call slender. What really made the difference?
Many years later, the truth of this mystery began to grow in the fertile soil of my mind, the truth about dirt! Sadly, this also clearly portrayed the ignorance of science, the church I had so long prayed at.
Thinking back however, the seeds of truth were born in my first years philosophy class when Professor Posposel asked what boundaries were? I raised my hand and when acknowledged said, “They were an illusion painted for the choice and convenience of the human mind that help us cross the street with safety. Boundaries help us repeat things over and over with reasonably good expectations of the same result. In this manner we can delegate life’s many repetitive tasks to a lower level of our mind and get on with the fun part of ignoring this illusion while recreating the world in our own image!” ….. to not bore those of you who are not of philosophically bent, I will skip the whole long discussion this engendered.
In other words, as it came to diet we use boundaries to choose certain foods as healthy and amounts of exercise as necessary. However, there is minimal truth in describing these boundaries. As I see it, it is just a convenience that somewhat fits our time in history and location on Earth. At another time in history, on another land mass, this truth would be different. After all is it not apparent that those living in Alaska eating fish and whale fat, live and eat quite differently than those in Japan and yet both may be quite healthy?
The answer lies, I believe, in the dissolution of boundaries! It is realizing that we as human bodies are simply a catalyst that organizes the dirt and bacteria of the Earth into something we call ourselves (by creating again a convenient illusion of boundaries). In so doing each of us on this Earth can be seen as quiet different as we are made of and for the bacteria and dirt of the time and place we live in! Let me be sure you are following me. First you are NOT separate from the Earth in most senses, certainly not cellularly. There are 10 times more bacteria cells in your body than what we might call our body cells (those formed by embryogenisis). These “bacteria cells” are really found in the Earth’s soil, if it is not poisoned by Monsanto’s pesticide or other chemical monstrosities. So, what is “you?” In essence the sperm and egg that began forming “you” really formed a mobile food seeking catalyst that would allow bacterial cells from the Earth to grow on and within it. Our job is to find food to feed the bacterial cells in our gut and to be mobile enough to transport them to better food sources than they might otherwise have access to! We are a catalyst to their growth.
We picture the soil of the Earth as a nutrient media in which plants can grow. If we are organic or biodynamic farmers, we picture the soil of the Earth as a nutrient media in which insects of all types (such as worms) can grow and enrich the soil for plants. If we are scientists we also picture the soil as a place that microscopic bacteria grow on decay and living plant roots, helping them to grow too! Isn’t it amazing how boundaries change with each persons “education?”
Here lies the challenge of “civilization” and why we are dying like flies from so many new and miserable diseases. Too many boundaries! Disconnected from the Earth by concrete, steel, asphalt and disinfectants, we are something designed to fail and die, just as your light bulb will go out when you unplug it! Put sterile, dead, manufactured, processed foods into your body and you and your fellow bacteria will die.
Have you not read that children are suffering from lifelong allergies because they grew up in sterile homes with HEPA vacuum wielding fanatics who scrubbed dents in the granite counters scouring for traces of anything that looked like peanut butter? Are we not dying from C Difficile that has invaded our “overly clean” hospitals where antibiotics are distributed like M&M’s by well intentioned grandmothers? Have the factory farmed chickens stuffed with antibiotics not laid the seeds of your death in their eggs filled with salmonella?
You say, “see it is the bacteria that are making us ill! We do need boundaries! Give me a clorox wipe for the shopping cart, quick!” NO! It is the destruction of the natural bacteria that keep us healthy that has allowed the more dangerous ones to proliferate! It is the imbalance created by “modern civilization’ and myopic scientists. It is the creation of boundaries that are unnatural and imaginary.
The Earth IS ALIVE! We are just an organ of its bodily functions. We will likely find that the Solar System is alive and that the Earth is just an organ of its large body. It likely goes on and on and I won’t terrify you by imagining there might be a God at the end of this trail.
Let’s keep it simple, we don’t need more sterilization, we need more dirt. We need to live as the American Indian’s tried to teach us, in harmony with the rest and most of our bodies, that which is the soil of the Earth. Or if you are more spiritual then most, consider that we are all one and one with God for we are surely one with the Earth. And, when we return to that notion and dissolve the imaginary boundaries that we have painted to separate us one from another and each from the Earth, disease shall vanish, all natural diets will feed all natural denizens of the Earth with equally good results and most importantly, I can eat as much as my wife and not have to run so darned many miles!