I hope that caught your attention and you're interested in raw food as a topic of theoretical discussion! I'm writing a philosophy paper about my experience of self-transformation on a raw food diet through a Foucauldian ethical framework. This means I'll be speaking about how eating this way is a form of literally practicing yourself differently. Practicing the body in a new way effects transformation on the self. Raw foods is the ultimate way of practicing yourself differently. It is a pretty profound project. Foucault also says that we must practice ourselves to open up new capacities, or new ways of being in the world. The more capacities you open up in yourself the more capacities you open up in yourself etcetera. Freedom proliferates itself. I hope this makes sense. So I believe that frutarianism has opened me up to tremendous capacities for pleasure. Physical capacities, mental capacities, and spiritual capacities. But I have also developed a capacity that is difficult to cope with. Through becoming so pure I have tapped into this realm of existence that I never knew possible before. It is essentially the spiritual realm. But in become so tapped into this space through purifying my body and therefore my self, I have developed this capacity to see sickness. To feel the sickness and pain of the world. I see how everything is in such great dis-ease. The way we live and the way I have lived and the way my family lives. It is all ego. It is all so freaking wrong. At this point I feel I have two options.
1) Run away to a tropical fruit farm to live off the land and in harmony with nature as is intended. To live in the only truly healthy environment (which I'm about to do)
2) Live here and become the sickness. This is what feminist Foucauldian philosophers have termed the "crystallization of culture". Aka eating disorders.
Now my question is: Can any of you relate to this?
I feel that you all must, but I'm also worried I'm crazy. I can't tell you how many times I've felt that way since going on this diet. Like I keep saying "is it just me or is everyone in a lot of pain here?" I just feel that in general, humans cannot live like this! We're not really living the way we are meant to. So please share with me your experiences so that I don't get embarrassed about putting these thought into a public forum..
Ps The other problem with post-modern feminist philosophy is that it doesn't allow for conversations of the "natural". Nothing is natural for these theories. Or inherent, or transcendental. I believe now, that this is a very empty way to live. For there's got to be something that fills every one of our hearts beyond space and time?
I agree! Yes it is, in fact it is the last paper of my degree!
Yes! I ran away to a tropical fruit farm to remake my life, to remake "normal".
Now my question is: Can any of you relate to this?
yes to virtually everything, including wondering if you're crazy. there is a 3rd option though which is to "be in the world but not of it". that is the path i have chosen for myself.
sounds like a good idea for a paper to me. you should post it here when you're done.
thanks B! i appreciate your reply :)
I can definitely relate to this, you're definitely not the only one my dear! But I have to say that I would consider a 3rd option: Live here and resist becoming the sickness. I agree this option is for the strong only, and not viable in the very long term, as it leads to too many life contradictions, and that could lead to sickness, which would make it option 2... I had to mention that option, though, because this is the one I have chosen: at the moment I am still living in a contradictory world, but I believe it is a transition state that won't last too long, as I am working towards changing my life ASAP. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!
thanks for replying! more power to you if city living is for you! it can definitely be done. in my case though, going away to nature is all i want to do!
I definitely don't live in a city I live in a small beach town with suburbs around me and rural areas no skyscrapers within 20 miles or so luckily the lagoons and some mountains have been reserved for preservation and recreation its a good balance for me! Not a densely populated area at all more like scattered communities and developments. Have fun! Much love!
There is no wrong think of it as timing wrong inherits guilt which isn't a state we need to apply to others at one time you where on the other side of the fence lead by example of course there is no harm in running off to a fruit farm but ultimately would you rather implement change where your at or do both(go and come back and apply what you learn)? You are onto something as far as nature do we have a place in it or do we seem to inherently want to modify it to are liking! For even on a farm we choose to not forage for food in the jungle but farm which is convenient and comfortable knowing that we have food by our design and our schedule. A good book that addresses this and links all the way back to the beginning of our Agrarian Society is Ishmael by Daniel Quinn(great last name lol).