Here’s the crazy thing. On a surface level, I actually agree with the sentiment the sign above expresses. I *don’t* believe bureaucrats should be able to tell you that you can’t buy and drink a 32oz soda, if you want to do with your life and your body.
(If you don’t know the context- Mayor Bloomberg has created a ban in NYC on sale of soda drinks larger than 16oz, going into effect next week.)
But here’s the deeper problem. The fact that we already have a culture in which it is viewed as normal and acceptable to intake that much refined sugar in one sitting or day–and that the majority of people in our world now view that as normal (whether by soda or corn syrup in food or whatever)–already puts us all into the zone of true collective cultural insanity.
There is a complex of consciousness that arises from consuming lots of refined sugar, which I call “Junk Food Consciousness”.
The main features of Junk Food Consciousness are: foggy thinking; irritability; low, depressed mood; low energy; pessimistic thoughts; and inability to escape ANTs (automatic negative thoughts).
All of this is so depressing, that people caught in Junk Food Consciousness then drink lots of coffee (or a 24oz sugar-laden Red Bull!) to wake up and get some energy. And then they’re so wired and stressed by the end of the day, they need to go out and drink a few beers with their friends to “blow off steam.” And then they wake up groggy and hung over, so they go to the psychopharmacologist (or just their general practitioner) and pop some Prozac or Zoloft for their low mood…
And pretty soon, they’re not just in Junk Food Consciousness, they’re in Junk Food-Coffee-Red Bull-Beer-Prozac-Zoloft Consciousness…
Which is a really fucking ugly place. Trust me. I know, because I’ve been there. Thank goodness I got myself out.
Clearing my mind of Junk Food Consciousness (by clearing my body of junk food, coffe, and alcohol) felt like a clearing of the skies- it felt like fog and thunderclouds and storms lifting, and sunny, clear fresh sky entering.
In his book The Ultra-Mind Solution (in my opinion the best book ever written on the connection of nutrition and consciousness), Mark Hyman, M.D., writes:
“If you drink twelve cups of coffee a day, or eat half a pound of sugar a day (the amount consumed by the average American), or have an inflamed brain from eating gluten, it is very difficult to talk [via psychotherapy] or mediate your way out of suffering. I believe you must address the biological causes of the problems first, before psychotherapy can be effective. Fix your biology. Then get psychotherapy and do your soul work.”
Think about what Dr. Hyman is saying, for a moment. He’s saying that the *average* American, cannot even begin to do real personal growth work–in fact, cannot even derive benefit from psychotherapy–because of the amount of effectively-toxic junk they are putting into their system each day, which is fogging up and clouding up their minds and souls.
This is the world we live in. Those who are caught up in foggy, cloudy, depressed, irritable, unclear Junk Food Consciousness–which is nearly *everyone in the world* now, because nearly everyone guzzles junk food– are creating our reality, our laws, our media, our culture…
A culture in which it is seen as completely acceptable and normal to guzzle half a pound of sugar a day (and accept all the limitations on consciousness that go along with that.)
I am completely, passionately pro-democracy. And in general I am against paternalistic Nanny-State laws like Bloomberg’s, which tell people, by government mandate, what they can and cannot put into their bodies.
But, times like these show the dark side of democracy and freedom. People are free to completely cloud up their consciousness, and sell the tools of clouding consciousness (32oz Pepsi bottles and so forth), and make ads promoting the clouding of consciousness, and stuff their kids’ faces and throats with cloudy-consciousness delivery mechanisms (i.e., candy, soda, Froot Loops)…
Until the entire culture is essentially one big field of clouded consciousness. And those people, caught in the grips of their clouded consciousness, write the laws, create the culture further via media, and those in power even–this is the scariest part–decide which wars we’re going to prosecute, which countries we’re going to invade, which civilian populations we’re going to bomb and enrage and enflame against us via “collateral damage” to our enemies, etc, etc….
Those who still consume a lot of junk food will say, “You sound really paranoid right now.” And I get that.
But it is very difficult to understand what I’m talking about, unless you’ve actually had the experience of your own consciousness shifting, from cleaning your own body and mind of junk. Unless you’ve actually cleared yourself of Junk Food Consciousness, none of this will make any sense and I’ll sound like a complete raving lunatic.
Until you’ve had that experience of clearing yourself from the grips of clouded consciousness (and I had it very powerfully right after I turned 30 and radically reduced my intake of sugar, coffee, and alcohol), none of what I’m talking about will make sense.
Your cloudy, depressed, hung over, caffeine-jacked-up, sugar-high, sugar-crash, foggy, unclear consciousness just appears as “reality” to you, and you have not the slightest idea that there is actually so much more available to you in your own consciousness, beyond what occurs to you as “just the way things are” now, if you were to clean out your system of all the toxic junk you’re putting in it.
Until then, the people with the toxic junk clouding up their thinking, which is nearly everyone, are in control.
And it is upon us–the passionate minority of us who have liberated ourselves from Junk Food Consciousness–to try our damned best to spread that liberation of consciousness as far and wide throughout the culture as possible… before it’s all too late.