It sucked me under last week. Today. Feels like forever right now.
The rising tide of bad news and disappointment and just straight hardcore defeat. I started questioning this blog. I started questioning the fight.
(Is there a fight? I didn’t even know it WAS a fight. I don’t like fighting. Please stop.)
It started when I realized a company I love dearly uses a preservative that’s relatively questionable. Then, I found a list of MANY different companies that I formerly loved dearly and how they’re fudging it when they call themselves natural and/or organic.
And then – THEN I read about how Whole Foods (and Trader Joe’s and Stonyfield) have all but bowed down to Monsanto and raised the white flag in defeat. Or, you know, just rolled over enough so that Monsanto could genetically modify us in the rear.
The gist: They’ve stopped insisting on oversight of GM alfalfa, and have called for peaceful coexistence between people who desire organics and Monsatano. The quote from this article that sums up the mood of the whole situation is this:
The Organic Inc. CEOs are tired of activist pressure, boycotts, and petitions. Several of them have told me this to my face. They apparently believe that the battle against GMOs has been lost, and that it’s time to reach for the consolation prize. The consolation prize they seek is a so-called “coexistence” between the biotech Behemoth and the organic community that will lull the public to sleep and greenwash the unpleasant fact that Monsanto’s unlabeled and unregulated genetically engineered crops are now spreading their toxic genes on 1/3 of U.S. (and 1/10 of global) crop land.
Completely out of control. To me, it feels like we’re no longer being given a voice. Our wishes are not being granted. The WORLD’S wishes are not just ignored by government and Monsanto, but a Wikileaks cable demonstrated that our government, in collusion with Monsanto, discussed retaliation against France for rejecting GM seeds/food.
Defeated, I felt, when I considered the ramifications of a behemoth corporation forcing the world – kicking and screaming – into their agenda.
The kicker, though … the thing that knocked me off my rocker and into a state of almost-giving-up-on-caring was this:
And here’s the deal with that: It’s just a small bill that an Arkansas legislator presented to the state. No biggie, except that it’s been discussed (for years) that perhaps the U.S. should consider putting statin drugs in the water supply to help reduce cholesterol. This is very dangerous. And now it looks like the case for adding lithium to the water supply is gaining momentum, too.
The quote that concerned me the most was this:
The bill states that such regulation is necessary in part because â€œpublic policy discussions of the prospects of adding lithium to the public water to alter human mood imbalances, and statin drugs to affect human cholesterol â€¦ have increased.
Frankly, I could sit here and list a dozen more doomy things I had the unfortunate pleasure to revel in the last few days.
They crippled me. Like, literally. I was so mired down in worry, fret, and concern that I couldn’t write … or look forward at all.
And then yesterday, my mother forwarded me some emails from an amazing man in Iran who writes her often. They’re incredible. And one of the things he said what was I needed to hear most:
You are the rider of your brain and you can take it anywhere. You can do anything from stopping it to letting it run uncontrolled. As the owners of our thoughts, we alone can choose to accept or reject them. Itâ€™s the same for any thoughts, not just fearful ones. Will a brain full of negative, trashy, or petty thoughts allow you have the life you really want?
The human brain creates thousands of thoughts every day but very few of them result in making a better life for the thinker. People readily accept thoughts into their brains and never ask the question, â€œAre these thoughts beneficial for my life? Are they allowing me to live a happier, richer, more beautiful life or are they just sinking me into a hole of doubts and fears?â€
Food for thought.
Tastes good, at the moment.
I’m going to try it for the next week and see how it feels.
In examining, though, I’ve realized a few things: When this blog focuses on what other people (companies) are doing/not doing, I feel dejected and sucked into confusion.
When this blog focuses on what we can do – ourselves – at home, with our friends, I feel empowered and excited and good.
So … time to get back to the spirit of Crunchy Betty.
Look for new recipes soon!
PS – The winner of the Salus lip balm was comment #29 … Amy! Congrats again, Amy! I’ll get your lip balm in the mail as soon as the snow stops!