I’ve been thinking about this recently, not so much from the point of a recluse but more in how my own thoughts and opinions about this have evolved.
To quote an example I commented on Kevin’s post, last week while in Heimaey (small fishing Island South of Iceland) I got chatting to a man in a cafe bar. We were exchanging conversation about his community and he mentioned that he hunts puffin. When he started talking about this I noticed straight away that I had no judgement about this. I felt no angst or upset as he explained to me how to hunt for puffin and the equipment he uses. If anything I picked up a feeling of real respect he felt for these birds. A consciousness. It’s rare I speak to people that kill animals. He talked about how changes in the climate and environment had meant that numbers were declining as the puffins moved further North to find places to breed. He wasn’t an ignorant or a nasty person. I had a really nice conversation with him.
Imagine how that conversation would’ve gone if inside my head I’d been judging him? “How dare he hunt puffin…those cute little defenceless birds…doesn’t he realise what he’s doing…sicko”! I would have shut myself off from connecting with that man, from listening to what he had to say. From learning from him. It’s about respect isn’t it?
If anything, since I came to Iceland I’ve been fascinated with the settlement of this volcanic and sparse land. About how people have lived off this land. Yes, by eating and hunting whales and puffins. No different to cows and pigs really…
When people settled on this land they hunted wild birds, fished and grew and ate barley. This was what the land had to offer them and they survived quite happily, in fact, I’d say thrived for hundreds of years! And I wondered, who am I to say what is the natural diet? What is the natural way to live?
It’s important to realise that we don’t live in the 9th century anymore. I know we don’t have to eat animals if we don’t want to. We also don’t live in the days of when we were apes. The time is now. I do think a move away from processed and junk food would be a good move for a lot of people in this day and age and a move towards eating food as close to nature as possible is only to be encouraged (in my opinion).
What I’m trying to say is that I’ve lost my judgement because I no longer feel that I can judge. Who am I to judge how another person eats?
Eat what you want I say. You’ll know yourself whether it serves you or not.
I feel good with what I eat, I can tell you what I eat that makes me feel amazing. Doesn’t mean you have to. Doesn’t mean I’m going to judge you for doing it or not. Hell, have a whacking great steak or kebab or pizza if you like.
In the early days of ‘going raw’ I really was critical of how others ate. I used to feel angry or pity for some people based on what was in their shopping basket. How utterly ridiculous? You’ll see from Kevin’s post a couple of haters jumping on the judgemental bandwagon. Perhaps them holding on to this negativity about Kevin sharing what he thinks is probably doing them more harm than good? Who knows? Maybe they have their own issues around food?
What’s sparked this change for me? I don’t know. I guess I’m fed up of people (I include myself) thinking they know the best way, the right way for others. I honestly don’t know what’s right for you and I’m not going to add to the burden while you try and figure that out. I have no right.
I’m saddened with people pretending to be something they’re not. I am [insert label here]. Who can really hold their hands up and say – I will never eat [X] again, even if my life depended on it? Isn’t that insane?
The truth is nobody has the answers about what’s right for you except you. All we can do is share our experience without judgement or attack.
You are the source of milk. Don’t milk others ~ Rumi
This blog was written by Raw Food Scotland's previous owner, Emma Calvert. You can reach her at her new website, https://missmanifestation.com/