Humans need four basic things: food, water, protection from the elements, and sleep. Ironically, these are the things we frequently deny ourselves in various combinations or completely. I, for one, frequently do not get enough sleep; instead, I sit here in front of my computer, writing well into the night. Some people have told me they never drink just water. Many people do not eat food, strictly speaking. And many of us fail to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays. We know the risks, and still the negligence persists.
So we’re told we should wear sunscreen, or stay out of direct sunlight, and yet Americans are vitamin D deficient. It seems you can’t win. The fact is, oxygen, which animals cannot live without, is inherently toxic. Yes, the very air you breathe is bad for you. And don’t get me started on carbon monoxide and methane emissions.
You can’t expect to live hundreds of years, or can you? Some are trying, but even if your mind could live on, our bodies are just not built to last. Until science can improve upon that design, we’ll have to just accept the fact that we have only so many years given to us. For myself, I am taking steps to maintain my health: I have never smoked, I don’t use drugs (aside from the garbage big pharma says is safe), I even gave up soda a year ago. However, I still drink alcohol, and I love chips (French fries). Oh, and I still eat meat.
Yes, meat. Truly one of the worst things for the planet: agro-industry. Pro-veg activists will tell you that eating a vegetarian diet will save the planet. However, others disagree. But the occasional ribeye isn’t going to kill me. I know plenty of people who smoke, drink, eat garbage, and never exercise, and they’re still with us. Well, that’s anecdotal at best, and who knows what health problems they have.
I’m kind of a rarity: I’m a man who gets regular checkups. Now, my doctor, who seems to have studied with Theodoric of York, would like me to lose weight and kindly bend over. I’m sure doctors have our health in their best interest, but I can’t help but feel they are in cahoots with the pharmaceutical industry. It seems they want to experiment on me a little too often, as well. But what do I care? At least someone’s got my back, as it were.
So I carry on. It’s good that I’m abstaining from sweets. But I’ll keep enjoying wine. Yeah, I know. Did you read my post about bacon? It’s a compromise, as with most things. I don’t have the energy to be idealistic. My doctor is fortunate that I don’t eat Belgian waffles and chorizo for breakfast daily. Actually, that sounds kind of gross. My point is, there are far more important things that getting everything right. The human psyche is hard-wired to consume what’s in front of us. It’s not our fault that our nation over-produces. It’s very hard to abstain.
Humans need four basic things: we need to feel we’re in control when we never are, we need to feel that someone is listening, we need to know that we matter, and we need to voice our displeasure about everything. I’m not sure about that last one, but I know I am not the only one with the gripe feature enabled.