The Dark Side of Greek Yogurt
I fucking love Greek Yogurt. I like to eat it for breakfast. It is high protein, low fat, makes feel full without eating a lot, and has bacteria my gut needs. I have long struggled with eating breakfast, it is a fight to make myself eat in the morning. I know you are all thinking, ‘wait a minute…Nate doesn’t want to eat something’, but it is true. I have to fight to push food into my gullet for the first 2-3 hours I’m up which is wonderfully and paradoxically the MOST IMPORTANT TIME TO DO IT. Thanks for that, evolution.
Of course, now I feel guilty for eating it because of THE DARK SIDE OF GREEK YOGURT. Now, we could just make Greek style yogurt in a bunch of places instead of a few, but that’s not very efficient. Instead, we must create giant whey acid lagoons that overwhelm the small areas we concentrate them in. Does everything have to have a dark side? What about cottage cheese? If so, my breakfast options are running thinner than Yoplait.
Not everything might have a dark side, but everything does have consequences. Generally I have found that most of the worst parts of society, the giant sized awfulness of post-industrial society are usually the artifacts of not re-adjusting for our need to make things more ‘efficient’. It is built into us, but you need ethics to control it. Or motivation beyond the crass greed that is also built into human nature.
Stories that highlight these sort of questions are a big reason why I love Cormac McCarthy. I enjoy his stylistic language and hellscapes. I love the stomach churning emotional dissonance of the stories he tells and themes he explores. It is most certainly not for everyone. Even if you enjoy his books, they often end in such ugliness that you feel bad. I love art that makes me feel bad or teaches harsh lessons. It is who I am, it is what I do. When I hear ideas, all I see is consequences. (both good and bad, many will be unintended or unexpected)
Cormac McCarthy often writes about the border of the US and Mexico. Border towns, like most good stories, are all about tension. Sometimes that is good, sometimes it is bad. In the case of the current situation with cartels and poverty, some places are really really bad. I hate to simplify, but it is really that simple.
Things that occur with the drug trade right now are awful and mostly ignored by everyone. I wish I had a better answer for why no really talks about systematic sexual feminicide in Juarez or Chihuahua, but the longer we ignore it will NOT fix it. Just dealing with this storyline is enough to make me push The Counselor into the most ‘important’ films of the year category.
I don’t have an easy answer for what to do, but it is a huge problem that needs to be dealt with by all of us. What choices will we make? Will the consequences of our actions lead to evil?
Is the answer a fence?
I don’t think a fence is going to do jack shit.