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The UnPleasantness has passed. Politicians have learned their lessons, and puting the country at risk for the sake of grandstanding will be a thing of the past. Pigs are also sprouting wings. Let me now discuss something completely unpolitical (although I have a suspicion that someone will steer it that way....)
For years, I’ve been bothered by both products that promote themselves as "organic" or "natural" and people who think that anything with these monikers must be wonderful and that which is not "organic" or "natural" is a danger to the body, the soul, and all civilization.
I have no desire to poison myself, nor to bring down any part of civilization (with the possible exception of Louis Gohmert).
As for organic, Im old school, and anything with complex carbon chains has a right to be called organic. Things like the polio virus and that undefined thing in the back of your refrigerator are totally organic. Things that are not organic include nasties like air and water.
I would first like to know how to distinguish the difference between “natural” and everything else. Getting the obvious out of the way, everything supernatural (ghosts, deities, astrology, homeopathy…) is by definition, not natural, and I’ve long argued that spending any effort or thought on things deemed supernatural is probably a waste of time . So asside from supernatural being not-natural, what about “man-made”. The problem I have with this is that it has the premise that man is somehow outside of nature.
I understand that a beaver dam in a clear babbling stream is deemed more both aestheticly attractive and more “natural” than downtown Detroit, but I’ve really never understood why (other than the size/scale). Why are the honeycombs and the colonies of bees deemed to be such a marvel, and “puttytown” suburbs deemed ugly sprawl?
Every atom we encounter was fabricated in a cosmic furnace sometime in the past. There are a handful of truly “man-made” elements/isotopes on the periodic table that very probably do not occur anywhere else, at least on earth. But we don’t encounter much Einsteinium in our daily lives, so that’s not an issue.
One could argue that through man’s ingenuity and ginormous brain, he has fabricated molecules that are found nowhere else that are killing and raping everything they touch. Well, now we’re getting somewhere, because there ARE things coming out of laboratories that are by-and-large fabulously useful for some purposes, but are horibly terrible things to be inside of living organisms. Dioxin, methyl bromide. It’s a very long list.
But that is also true of molecular compounds that are completely NOT the product of the hand of man, and are as at least as deadly as anything man has come up with. The obvious examples are proteins for nasties like neutotoxins (think botulism), and whole living organisms like Yersinia Pestis (source of the bubonic plague). And for over a million people in this country alone, peanuts are easily as toxic as antifreeze.
At the same time, there are materials that can only come out of a laboratory that have eased our pain and cured our diseases.
The majority of the items in this list are “all natural”: http://io9.com/5861680/10-of-the-most-dangerous-chemicals-in-the-world.
So what Im saying is that just as I caution against haphazardly slapping labels on people based on trying to pigeonhole their beleifs and atitudes, be careful about all the labels we're exposed to. Also, don’t hesitate to offer me a tasty snack or beverage, but if you try encouraging me by telling me its “all natural”, don’t be shocked when I dopeslap you.
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