Today, I was opening the fridge when I saw my mom’s trans-fat free, cholestrol free, fat-free, high fibre, high-calcium, vegetarian, 99% oatmeal biscuit. Its label read, in caps highlighted in red, “THERE’S NOTHING MORE NATURAL”
Well, like the other Sad People of the world with their mom dying from the mourn for the starved kids in Ethiopia, I ‘naturally’ grabbed for the Sad biscuit to munch on– well, at least its 99% oatmeal, everything else in our fridge are 100% vegetable, 100% water, 100% meat.
And that’s when I decided to start this blog.
This whole thing about ‘Natural’. To me, its the total opposite of what ‘natural’ is. There’s nothing more unnatural than the pursuit to be more natural.
It really depends on what context ‘natural’ is used. A 1000g of cholestrol is natural enough for a piece of meat that’s 99% fat but not for a piece of lean meat, a lettuce leaf with no preservatives is natural for vegetables raised in organic farms but not in normal farms.
Everything is natural because they come from the Earth, man-made things are natural too, because we humans are part of the Earth too and the materials come from the Earth– greenhouse gases are natural, excess greenhouse gases are natural, global warming is natural, our heavy emission factories are natural. It just depends on how you define the concept of being ‘natural’.
The common definition is all things that are not man-made, which in its entirety, is impossible– the air is man-made, having been filtered in and out of our lungs for several millions of years, and are trees that we planted more ‘unnatural’ than trees that existed since the birth of life on Earth?
The point I’m trying to express is that the Earth is the same as the Earth when it was ‘born’. Like energy, the elements and organisms on Earth are neither ‘created nor destroyed’, just that more of the gases that we are dependent on are converted into greenhouse gases, waste gases which in turn leads to global warming, more of the uranium are converted into Atom bombs which in turn convert Lives into Deaths.
If Armageddon were to occur one day as a result of our actions, it would be natural, since the party responsible for it is a part of the Earth. It is just coincidental that the rare concoction made it such. It just occured that Our species intelligent enough to change the world we live in existed and the materials that we harnessed existed and some of our rare Genuises existed to create steam power, discover the might of atomic energy–
And one day, discover the End of our species.