Life, the Universe, and Everything in Between (Including food. Maybe.) (3/23)

Do you ever get that feeling that you are on the brink of some big idea? Like you’re about to figure out the meaning of life or something? Like your neurons are being woven into the fabric of the universe and that everything is connected and it all makes sense? You know that feeling? Yes, no, maybe so? Well, anyways, I have that feeling right now, and it makes it very difficult to write about something like food. So, to be brutally honest, I’m going to write about what I want and try to connect it to food and Food Studies class, but I cannot make any promises.

So, yeah. Every action is random. The trick is that most of what we perceive to be actions are actually reactions. For instance, Wrangham presents cooking as an independent action. He has yet to state why people may have begun cooking. Granted, it is a difficult thing to explain considering that it happened thousands upon thousands of years ago. However, if he is going to argue that cooking made us human, it weakens his argument that he does not explain how cooking occurred. Perhaps he will discuss it in that last chapters, but I doubt that. It would have made more sense to place it at the beginning of the book. This turning into a tangent, and that is rarely ever good. Moving on.

People often argue that life is completely and utterly random. But its not. Everything is a reaction to outside forces. Everyone is trying to survive, at the very least, and thrive, at the very best. Like I said earlier, most of what we perceive to be actions are actually reactions. For instance, if someone hit another person, we would consider that to be an action. However, no one just hits a person randomly. The person would only hit the other person out of anger or the desire for attention or discrimination. There is always a reason. In Catching Fire, Wrangham talks about how women were the cooks, men were the hunters, and how marriage is an economic deal not a romantic relationship. He also mentions how this made sexism easier. Sexism is generally perceived in modern society to be an action. However, according to this theory, sexism is a reaction to the advent of cooking.

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