Modern Food Consummation for pleasure
Food is, as defined by the laws of nature, is meant for consummation to fuel the body for physical exertion, mental usage, organ function, and ultimately organismic survival.
In today’s society (mostly western) consummation of food is practiced as a pleasure activity, a practice of unneeded fat accumulation, an unnecessary addiction. Food is everywhere, and is used as a means for comfort and for immediate pleasure. The TASTE of the food is the most important part (for the ‘blinded’ ones), NOT the quality. People in today’s society get pleasure purely from the taste and not of how the food makes their body feel during or after consummation. –Similarly, this makes me think of many unconscious practices today that focus on quick pleasures: Watching movies or TV shows that provide high stimulating of the senses, amusement parks, video games, thrill activities, what else (there’s so much more!)?
Food process: Our stomach communicates to our brain that we are hungry. We then go search for food (and delicious, incredibly tasty food is likely not too far away: restaurants, cafes, fast food, candies—all tastes very good and give instant satisfaction and pleasure). Then we eat it and it tastes so good and we feel all warm and fuzzy inside. But we’re programmed to eat three times a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Whereas, this really isn’t the way nature made us to consume: More than likely we were meant to go days without food (as in the hunter and gather days, food was not plentiful and we had to either search out for fruits and veggies, and/or hunt for game). Then once we found it, likely engorge in it and feed ourselves until we were full and satisfied (to replenish the calories we burned and weight we lost in the days without food and to also prepare for future starvation).
Today we eat three meals a day, but what for? Food is made to replenish calories burned and heal our muscles (with protein), but all we do is sit around and use our brains for work/school purposes, more often than not. Yet we follow everyone else and eat three meals a day, accumulating more and more fat as we refuse to exercise (even though we know we should) and enjoy and become addicted to the pleasure of eating more (more than likely a pleasure used to fill the void in our soul of all the emptiness we feel inside, and all the loneliness we feel and lack of self-understanding). And for many, I’m sure, the act of eating food for pleasure becomes even more tempting to use solely for temporarily relief from guilt of not exercising (as they know they should), or feelings of guilt in general, anger, depression, anxiety, or any other self-sabotaging, unpleasant emotions.
Our society supports this malicious habit through consumerism and taking advantage of citizen’s stupidity or lack of consciousness. No one, it seems, realizes that consumerism has you by the neck and is influencing you and your animalistic urges, successfully, through advertisements and quick pleasures to allow your ego to drive you instead of your conscious mind and ‘higher brain.’ Once they have you hooked, they’ll continue to make money from you and love you and care for your every ‘need’ (or is it your ego’s every need?). Yes, they are manipulative and evil indeed.
Of course, everyone follows this habit without thinking twice; as ‘everyone’ loves and is attracted to quick fixes and pleasures now a days. Why the heck not? It’s so pleasurable and enjoyable, and yet is affordable and easily available! (the fools state of consciousness; oooh isn’t it mind numbingly humorous).
Jack I totally agree. I had this conversation recently. I get disappointed in myself sometimes because I realize all this…yet I still eat crap & let myself get tempted by it. I feel a recovering crackhead living in a crackhouse in this society.
@jpete011; this is an amazing post, riddled with many truths! Could I perhaps quote you with full credit for the upcoming article I’m working on for ThinkNowLiveNow?
@thinknowlivenow, Man, thanks. I’d be more than happy to ‘donate’ my words to your article! I’m a genuine fan of your website so that’d be quite an honor
Aw, thank you for the kinds words, Jack! I’m working on an article that I want to release tomorrow at some point, and your post here about fast food and impulsive eating aligns perfectly with a portion of the article. Infinite thanks; I will be sending you a personal message the moment it’s posted! : )
@thinknowlivenow, Please do! I’d love to read it when you’re finished
I’ve thought about this a lot and trained myself to recognize marketing strategies. I am actually a marketing major (don’t hate me) so it’s funny that if I notice a really good marketing technique I’ll actually refuse to buy the product. I can be quite hard headed.
@jpete011, I do a lot of talking about concepts and how our reasoning skills are supposed to be a tool that enhance our instinctive qualities for survival, prosperity, ease of living, pleasure and desire. A lot of this work is done in the sense of morality and appropriate interaction with others, but it refers to every behaviour we have, the spirit of my philosophy is interpretable to every possible human situation.
I agree. Yet we cannot actually go for 3 days without eating. Well we can but that only makes us weak. I don’t really know how to describe my eating habits though. Sometimes I eat once a day, sometimes I eat all day long, depending on my economical status. But here’s a secret for you all:
This is exactly how I feel. I was having this conversation with my biscuit and gravy eating grandparents. People think they can just eat whatever they want and then they wonder why they get diseases and cancer..
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