To quote the Tao Te Ching* from verse 9, “filling to fullness is not as good as stopping at the right moment.” And yet, what do we do? We order our meals super-sized, we want to live in larger houses and drive the biggest cars. Yet, what does that do for us? Why is it so hard to determine the right moment?
You only have to look at our expanding waistlines for the answer. As the processed foods industry and their minions in fast food would have it, we take their weaponized food and eat ever more of them. I should know. I fell for the okey-doke along with the rest of the country. It’s only in the last year that I got around to doing the research because I mistakenly believed that the Food and Drug Administration would warn us of problems. I mean, the government told them that was their job. Oh, wait. Looks like that’s not the case and hasn’t been for a long, long time.
And while the corporations that control the food supply destroy what is good in our body’s fuel, they manipulate us through chemicals to make it taste oh-so-good, particularly with the addition of sugar in everything. You know, that food substance that’s as addictive as cocaine. Luckily, I’m coming around on that front, but it’s hell dragging the family along with me. I’d make everyone vegan tomorrow if I could afford it and could convince my household that it’s the right thing to do because they’re still buying into the corporate lie. And because it’s expensive to be healthy, I have to delve into those foods as well. Sheesh.
Then there’s the larger, newer houses we want to live in. Why? Is it to make us look better? Hey, my house has 20 bedrooms and 15 bathrooms. Aren’t I better than you?
If you think about it, we have co-signers to that ego fulfillment. You see it every day. Builders and developers can’t stand to see green space. If there’s a plot of land with more than two trees on it, it must be plowed over and have concrete and bricks put in its place. What do we need all that extra oxygen for anyway? Business interests can’t sell oxygen, though they would if they could.
And where would we be without our mega polluting sport utility vehicles and heavy-duty trucks that get driven by suburban dads? 9 miles per gallon is plenty, right? And the spewing of the toxic cocktail that comes from the tailpipe of these behemoths can just be ignored, right?
After all, I can’t see the gasses that are going into the air that are eventually going to kill future generations. Oh, look, it’s another one of those corporate lies. We have cleaner technology, electric automobiles and ways to make cars go further on less gas, but since petrodollars run the government, let’s act like we forgot that.
Wow, that got passionate in a hurry. I just happened to be reading the Tao and wanted to share some words that touched me. Then all this just fell out of my head. I should probably follow the advice I started with and stop at the right moment.
Love for all.
*The Tao Te Ching as translated by Brian Browne Walker