The Agrarian invention of domestication and the owning of things that can’t actually be owned (fellow humans, animals, plants, pieces of the planet’s surface, etc...) has culminated in a nearly global population of humans stuck between the rock of the ever-elusive “have” and the hard place of “having not” by a system of values generated by the system itself. And as it spins it consumes and as it consumes it lays waste to our ability to survive outside its narrow confines... or does it? Is that not, like the idea of the biblical apocalypse, just a tricksy little manipulation tool built into the back end of the myth itself? That without this current system of social organization we humans are helpless and doomed to succumb to the threats of the environment? The threats of the environment... What is this environment and why is it so threatening? They couldn’t possibly be referring to the giant buffet of edibles we’ve evolved to sustain ourselves on over the last billionish years of evolution can they? The one we are intrinsically part of?
The challenge is that in order to recognize our role as members of the environment in all its circle-of-lifey type ways, we have to come to terms with our mortality and we are just too busy making Hello Kitty products that will last 1 billion years to deal with that right now. The industrial machine is fueled by our collective fear of death which is the same thing as a fear of life. Yes you might pick the wrong berry and poison yourself and yes you might get your face ripped off by a gorilla BUT you might also have your body rot out from under you unnoticed while watching re-runs of Family Matters. If we don't face the finite nature of our being here, we don't get to fully be here and our survival depends on us fully being here, utilizing our senses to their fullest capacity and processing that information for the benefit of our bodies. So ya, you might die but you also WILL die and that (like Richard Dawkins says) makes you one of "the lucky ones".
A Recipe Ode to Apocalypse Optimism
Ya gotta decay to play bay-bayyyyy
whole dried corn
snail shells or corn cobs
1. Fill a sealable glass jar withbite sized cubes of raw meat half way full.
2. Put in a cool area and take the lid off every three days. Move to a well ventilated area if it is not already well ventilated and replace lid with a cheese cloth, allowing the meat to air out. Return to the cool area with sealing lid back on.
3. Do this for a month.
4. Meanwhile burn your snail shells or corn cobs down to ash. Boil a pot of hot water with ash it, strain out ash and use water to boil whole, dried corn kernals. Strain off water and with it the hulls that would have loosened in the boiling process. Mash the remaining corn while wet and dry in sun into flour (masa).
5. Add a bit of water to flour and form a dough ball, flatten between your hands and fry on a dry pan on med-high heat. There you just made a traditional tortilla with its nutrient profile in tact readily bio-available thanks to the nixtamalization of the corn, brag to your friends.
6. Once meat has become soft and gelatinous with decay, take out a cube and smear in on your tortilla.
7. Eat and before talking to or kissing another human, chow the mint. Unless it's not a thing, then use mint as garnish.