I am a foodie! I love talking about food, creating recipes for food, eating food, redesigning recipes to make food better, and have spent a lot of time enjoying gustatory experimentation! I can discuss the finer points of chocolate and carob, ginger, spices (including the history of spices) until people are drooling and begging me to stop. I have no mouth-brain filter where food is concerned. I like it hot or cold, and lots of it! Thus it is no wonder I am a fan of Anton Ego from Disney/Pixar “Ratatouille.” Anton Ego and I are slightly different; if he does not love food, he doesn’t swallow. Me, I will try anything and eat to know more as a learning experience; perspective.
Anton Ego has a fabulous line:
“… Do you know what I’m craving? A little perspective. That’s it. I’d like some perspective.”
One of the most pleasurable experiences I have is shopping at Trader Joe’s. This is especially true when I get a fellow customer who wants to discuss food, recipes and is looking for a gustatory experience. There have been times I have been led to a product by a fellow customer exclaiming how wonderful that is in this recipe, that recipe, or straight out of the package. Trader Joe’s used to carry these pretzel rolls that went so good with BBQ pulled pork, pulled chicken, or brats. You would have thought you had died and gone to food heaven!
Trader Joe’s has previously had some great frozen desserts. For example, ginger and lemon ice cream from Italy, a salted caramel gelato that was to die for, and several other unique concoctions that went so well with other products you would have thought they would still be carried today; except they are not sold anymore. Perspective in food makes being a foodie my hobby of interest.
Perspective is also a key element in political choices, book selections, car buying, and a host of other human endeavors. Perspective is not simply an opinion, it is a way of seeing the world, and perspective is a choice that comes with natural consequences. Over time, the perspective choice decision cycle determines a person’s destiny, friends, desires, foods, clothing, companions, and so much more. How do we know this is true; look to the food choices and consequences involved in the perspective choice decision-making cycle.
Consider the following example. As a kid, my mother was a deal hunter, and one day in March, she came home from shopping with a screaming good deal on fish. Tuna fish, to be precise, in #10 sized cans, designed for restaurants, and she had purchased multiple cases of Tuna Fish. From March through the end of July, we kids ate tuna fish in every possible recipe as dinner. At this time, My father returned from a National Guard 2-week event that took his unit to Puerto Rico, where some R&R saw them deep-sea fishing. Knowing that many of the other wives would kill their husbands for bringing back a HUGE sports fish, tuna, my dad was offered the “extra” fish caught. Two days before Thanksgiving, we finally finished all the fish! The dog and cats would not touch fish, raccoons in our neighborhood would not touch the fish. As a point of fact, scavengers of all types and sizes refused our yard and garbage due to the fish. Thus, I do NOT eat anything with fish, even to this day, almost 40-years after this incident.
Perspective and choices, with natural consequences, leaves me in a NO Fish Zone! I will eat protein from every other source, but if it’s fish, it doesn’t matter how it was cooked; you can keep it! US Navy, Surf n’ Turf dinner night, I would turf, and the surf could go down the drain without any problem, except the smell of the surf prepared was enough to make me gag and refuse most food that night! Boy, was this a funny joke in the US Navy, a sailor who would not eat fish. Made only funnier when I refused to swim in the ocean. On land, I am the top of the food chain; in the ocean, I AM the food chain! Guess who doesn’t swim in the ocean!
Perspective and choices with natural consequences. It has been pointed out that regardless of the candidate offered, 40% of the population on both sides of the aisle will continue to vote for the ticket; this is true for democrats and republicans. Leaving a 20% middle ground where the elections are won and lost, provided you have honest people counting the ballots, and skullduggery have not biased the counting machines. I am proud to be part of the 20%; I have been an independent voter since I lost a sixth-grade debate over Mike Dukakis.
A lesson I learned from that debate was the value of perception and choices, but I didn’t fully appreciate that lesson until I was much older. Those natural consequences of perception and choice in decision-making remain a powerful tool, only if we choose to allow that perspective to change. Religion and politics are two topics we did not discuss as children; yet, those two topics are the topics my brothers and sister struggle with the most. Worse, the topics continue to remain a taboo subject even though religion hopping and political leanings are issues that are infecting the entire world right now.
A person’s perception and choices over religion and politics are the two topics that we all need more openness in discussing; however, emotions, lawyers, and snowflakes make an honest discussion all but impossible to have. I have been on social media when atheists post something; if a non-atheists submits information, the tone automatically changes, accusations and aspersions are cast, and all hope of an open discussion is ruined. I have seen the same with abortion, economics, and so many other topics. The politics and the religion of those participating, both of which are a choice in the perceptive/choice decision-making cycle, end the honest discussion, and the tone and environment turn off people looking to discuss, worse too often, those attacking become trolls and attack outside the discussion
Part of living in a Republic is the need to form opinions based upon our individual knowledge, experience, and perspective choice decisions. Living in a Republic is messy; this is a good thing! The more chaotic, the better because it means freedom is alive and kicking. When a Republic becomes less messy, people lose their rights to speech, privacy, liberty, and freedom. Do you understand this connection and relationship? Your perspective builds your opinions and biases. Your opinions and biases make a Republic messy, and this is a good thing. Please, engage and form perspectives, originate an opinion, and make yourself heard!
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