Adjustments and Absolutes

Well, here goes my eating history:

After the service was over in church, my mom casually offered me a bit of chocolate as I was putting some stuff away from our camp. I took a bite, took off some to offer to my sister and then suddenly realized that the very first thing I had eaten back in Ketchikan had broken my little plan. I got over it quickly though, since I had actually said previously that the week would start at noon. After eating fruit that afternoon I was faced with the big decision point: dinner at my grandparents'. There I came to the same kind of compromise that I found with my daily walks- I pulled back on my original, over-ambitious promises but also solidified certain things that I think I can keep up for the rest of the summer. Here's the new plan:

I will not eat meat. Period.
I will drink only water unless I am served something different.
I will eat only fruit and vegetables, with some occasional but small exceptions.

And then, more generally but probably most importantly, I am limiting my food intake and trying very much to keep portions small and to keep them in my mind.

So far I'm doing pretty well. Other attempts for me to get myself a healthy diet have always just been about that last general goal- eating smaller portions. They've lasted a few days but then they wear off, and I think it's because I don't have a clear target to focus on. Putting absolutes into one's commitments is very helpful indeed, even when they are not a major part of the big picture. Abandoning meat entirely and sticking to fruit and vegetables provides the absolutes for me to focus on and help me to stick to the program, so to speak- if that makes any sense.

Truth be told, I enjoy absolutes in other contexts beyond my own personal goals. You may have noticed my absolutes in regards to human life and a variety of other political, philosophical and moral things. In my mind, important standards need to hold true in all things, and I've spent a lot of my life-view-formulating thinking focusing on how I should keep to my most important standards in all things. I already mentioned life, so I shall continue with that example.

All human life is sacred. I know know I think that, and I hope you think that too. Now, with this absolute, it clearly follows that I am against the death penalty, against war, etc. - all things that would clearly line me up with the "left," which I do consider myself a part of, whatever it actually means. But here's the catch: consider all the human lives that have just begun that are destroyed in today's world without the blink of an eye. For the majority of you lovey pinko doves on the "left", how can you pretend to uphold humanity while granting mothers the priority to destroy their children before they're born? It works both ways of course, seeing as people who call themselves "pro-life" are generally ok with war and the death penalty. It all makes absolutely no sense to me. I am pro-life in every sense of the term.

As for other adjustments, I think I may be changing up the look of this blog soon, although I never did get any comments on the Frenchy appearance changes. I am also thinking about creating a blog with several collaborators to talk about things in Ketchikan, so if you live here and like to blog, get ahold of me and I'll sign you up. Name ideas for this community blog would be very much appreciated.


  1. I don't like absolutes, myself. I tend to be pretty flexible with most of my opinions, and I take my side on moral and political issues on a case-by-case basis. Maybe I'm just indecisive, or even a hypocrite, but aborting a fetus and declaring a war are two totally different things. The levels of severity are so far apart that you can't even compare them.

    But I don't claim to uphold humanity at all.


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