Monday, 11 January 2010

The discovery of effective truths (Part 1 of 3)

Our culture feeds on the sugar contained in cakes, cookies, ice cream, and alcoholic drinks. Packaged foods are conditioned to suit the taste of the consumer, which varies from country to country. Bread is baked differently in cities that are just a hundred kilometres away. When you travel to a new destination, tasting local dishes will be a source of delight and horror.

The opponents of the Western diet will warn you that sugar is going to kill you. Actually, not only sugar, but also alcohol, red meat, white flour, and many other elements of the modern everyday fare from Seattle to Bouloge-sur-Mer.

Contemporary medical studies have proven those admonishments true to a good extent, but also acknowledge that dead will very rarely be the penalty for eating a beef hamburger. The reasonable conclusion is that some foods create certain health risks; you should be aware of them and select your meals accordingly.

Nowadays, few people contend the principle that bad food is detrimental to your vitality. If you don't make a minimum effort to gather correct dietary information, you will make random choices. If you eat appallingly, you will suffer the consequences. In terms of food, science has established that sweetness is not always conductive to wellness. Tasty is not tantamount to healthy.

Can we remove counter-productive actions also from other areas of our life? How much of what we believe about the world holds true upon detailed examination? Are our convictions solidly based on facts? What about our ethical values and fundamental goals? Do we ever resort to prejudice in order to hide irrational fears? Do we ever appeal to tradition in order to safeguard inefficiency?

To be continued in Part 2


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