Monthly Archives: January 2013

All “Natural”

There is a very popular trend right now that is revolving around the keyword “natural” and this is a good demonstration of our tug of war with existing nature. Our existing environment provides for us but it is also our biggest limitation as I discussed here. The strife can split humanity into two ideological spheres, one that believes we can progress without supporting existing nature and another group that will aggressively defend it. In practice what we actually have done is a messy hybrid of both. We will build cities and then line the streets with trees. Presently the use of trees is not just for aesthetics, it is required for oxygen. So while we try to accelerate full speed ahead we are forced to bring some of the vestiges of our past along with us.

As we progress forward you will always have entities that try to hold humanity back. This is not a bad thing because it is important to make sure that changes we make are the correct ones or as correct as they can be. However, as a race, we can get caught up in things that really don’t matter as much as we think they do.

There are a lot of people making money from telling us what we should or shouldn’t be doing in order to live longer. While there is no denying that things we eat and do could affect the length of our life, what these gurus will usually fail to mention is that they can’t actually save you. The biggest threat to the human immune system and our life is not fluoride in water, genetically altered food, or even smoking, it is aging. Aging is the single biggest human killer. It doesn’t matter how healthy you eat or how much you exercise, you cannot prevent aging.

This is not to say you should not try to exercise or eat healthy but you should not get caught up in the obsessions of people who believe that there is some natural state of humanity we need to conform to in order to live forever. With all the things that are apparently poisoning us and killing us from genetically altered food to processed sugar, we have incredibly long life spans compared to our ancestors because of modern medicine. We don’t need miracle healers to fix leprosy anymore because we can do that ourselves.

There is no “natural” state of man. We stopped being natural the moment we started using fire. We fly through the air in mechanical contraptions and talk to each other across the globe. Even “organic” agriculture is an unnatural process designed to benefit the growth and progress of the human race. If you get caught up in all the things that may kill you, what will kill you is that obsession because you will have stopped living.

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