An image of a plate of Soul Food came across my news feed this morning. The poster commented how if a woman he was dating served him this plate of food that he would break up with her and he even described it as a “Slave Plate”. Many of the comments that followed while factually accurate with regard to how certain foods chemically react with the body were delivered in such an unloving and condescending tone that it made the information unpalatable and not very easy to receive. It made me ask myself 2 questions: Why Do We Take Such Pride In Judging Others and Why Do Those Who Have Decided To Walk A New Path Condemn Those Who Are On The Path They Chose To Leave Behind?
Let’s be clear on one thing….Food Choices Are Not a Moral Issue
“A culture that redefines food choices as moral issues will demonize the people who don’t share the tastes of the priest class. A culture that elevates eating to some holistic act of ethical self-definition will find the casual carefree choices of the less-enlightened as an affront to their belief system. Leave it to Humans to invent a Puritan strain of Epicurianism.”
There are certainly moral issues around food – including the lack of food for many people around the world, how food is produced or processed, living out our convictions through the food we buy and serve other people, sharing the things we know with other people in an informative, non-judgemental way, and so on.
The issue, though, comes when we start to judge other people based on the food choices they’re making for themselves and their families.
We assume that because we’ve been convicted of something, they should be too, and therefore they’re making “inferior” choices out of laziness or, if they say they can’t afford to eat better, because of poor financial management or ignorance.
I think it is easy to forget how overwhelming it is to go against the stream when you’ve grown up eating a certain way that often includes many processed foods. Our whole lives, we’ve been taught that it’s convenient! And manufactured to have all the nutrients you need! And affordable! In some cases, someone may have read all the same literature as you and simply disagree.
“We know that we all have knowledge on some things. Knowledge puffs up, but love edifies.”
“But food does not commend us to Source (God); for neither if we eat are we the better, nor if we do not eat are we the worse.”
We will likely never all agree about food choices or life choices for that matter, and while it is great to build a network of people who do view food and other lifestyle choices the same way you do, we also need to respect those who choose to eat foods or live in a way we disagree with… without being arrogant or judgmental in our interactions.
“As the greatest cause of Dis-Ease in man is often the heavy servings of guilt, condemnation, judgement, impatience, intolerance, & lack of love that we feed one another on a daily basis.” ~ Twin Spirit – Shared in a spirit of ❤