Public Service Announcement
The next time you’re groaning about Mondays, mad at the asshat that just cut you off in traffic, bored, watching the evening news, or doing just about anything we humans do 99% of the time, please please please take a moment to wake up and smell the big picture. Yes, the BIG picture. Why do we so easily forget about it? It’s like the whole world is sleepwalking, so caught up in day-to-day life. Caught up in life, in general. There’s a whole lot of samsara going on. Very few of us take a moment (or enough moments) to stop the madness and wonder…. ‘…so, uh, like what the hell is going on here? Anyone? No? Oh well, back to eating my cheeseburger…’.
What the hell is going on? What the hell are we doing here? Isn’t that COOL people? Why are most of us discussing the dating habits of movie stars when we could be cogitating on this wondrousness? Luckily, I don’t suffer from any kind of existential angst. I don’t care if there’s a meaning to it all or if it’s a big cosmic accident (and I actually believe it probably is meaningless and just a big cosmic accident, but that since I’m a conscious being I get to give it whatever damned meaning I want). This kind of stuff really keeps me up at night. It’s just so darned COOL! And also profound and important. But I’m a geek, so it’s primarily cool.
My dad tells me that when I was very young I asked him some questions like ‘Why are there different kinds of birds?’, and ‘Why do all things grow?’, and to both questions he replied with quite possibly the best answer I can yet imagine: ‘I don’t know. It was like that when I got here’. I still feel like I just got here.
I started on the CR diet for numerous reasons. I really want to live a long healthy life. The world is so frigging fascinating that I just can’t wait to see what happens next. I wake up every day and while sipping my breakfast smoothy I read my e-mail and then check my daily science news sites. Just about every morning there is some brilliant or mind blowing breakthrough technology, discovery, or study. To me, the world is like a page-turning thriller. I just can’t put the book down, and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Personally, I figure there’s an extremely low probability of there being any sort of afterlife (that’s my politically correct way of saying it). But if there is, it’ll still be there whether I live 102 years, 103 years, or even 10n.
Another motivation to do caloric restriction is that I am generally attracted to the ideal of overcoming primal urges. After all, that is what separates us from the rest of the animal kingdom. We have the same primal urges that all animals do; those powerful drives to eat, fuck, and sleep in ever more luxurious dens. Only humans can override these urges with higher-level urges generated by reasoning about the big picture. Every moment we spend eating and sleeping and humping and carrying on shallow lives shopping and watching Fear Factor, is a moment spent being an animal. Every moment spent meditating on the big picture, reasoning, and overriding primal urges, is a moment spent being human.
Now, I’m not saying we should all run off to Tibet and become monks (as much as I admire them — those Tibetan monks are really in to being human), but it is just such a damned shame if we all waste our short lives running around sniffing each other’s asses and drinking out of the toilet. Yes, my lovely readers, do yourselves a favor and please do not forget the big picture. And in case you missed it: Check out my exciting article below, where I took a picture of my big salad and wrote about it.