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wtf is with America.. get me out..
americans joke on here about being the most amazing country to exist, but it’s all code. please save us. holy shit please get us out of here
There are good things about the US, but I think there are so many extremes it means many of us are only comfortable saying WE’RE THE BEST—or HIT EJECT. We have super rich people and many incredibly poor ones. We have brilliant, educated people—and many people our education system has failed.
We’re the 3rd most populous country after China and India. While we’re nowhere near as big—we are almost 320 million people. We have the highest GDP, but not per capita. We’re like 9th for that.
This is not a zero sum game. There’s a lot our country needs to be better about and I hope we learn and improve. But I think change happens slowly. If we continue to think of the US as only good OR bad? We’re making it a lot harder to change. Because it seems impossible.
I totally can’t. Eating meat is bad for your health, for the environment, and it’s cruel. The only defense I have is that it can be pretty difficult to not eat meat in American culture…that I was raised as a meat eater, and I really really like it.
Somehow this seems worse than coming up with some BS defense of my meat-eating about how humans having evolved as omnivores (we also evolved as hunter gatherers). But this is the truth…meat is bad and I eat it because it is often the best-tasting, simplest option.
I do not judge people by their diet. I sometimes worry about them and I sure as hell worry about the animals. Animal cruelty makes me despondent, but so do children and adults who are starving. (And Hank doesn’t seem to be poor or live in a food desert, but it’s none of my business what he eats.)
I live in Boston. Obviously getting fish and tons of fresh produce almost any kind of food here is not hard. But it can be expensive. Eating a healthful vegetarian diet is either going to take you a fair amount of time and planning (and still not be totally cheap if you’re eating a variety of foods in healthful combinations) or is going to cost you A LOT of money to buy prepared foods. Many people don’t have the time or the money to do this.
I’ve eaten a mainly vegetarian diet since I was a little kid. I eat fish now, but I try to be somewhat aware of what’s over-fished, and etc. There’s a pocket guide here.
There are vast parts of the US (and the rest of the world—go read about Nanavut right now.) where it is very difficult to get produce and food is outrageously expensive. You eat whatever you can afford to. I am incredibly privileged in this and I try not to judge other people for their food choices. My father’s neighbor and good friend is stupidly wealthy now and cellars all this incredible wine. But he will NOT eat any kind of cheese. He hates cheese. Turns out he grew up really poor and the government cheese is revolting and he can’t get past that. You just don’t know why people eat things or why they won’t. But we all eat for survival.
I personally find the meat industry so disturbing I can’t ever eat meat. I eat chicken now every once in a while if I know where it came from and I still feel guilty about it. Farms are largely run by large corporations and the conditions are shocking. The problem is that we all have to eat to keep living. And no matter how careful you are you can’t know where every mouthful of your food comes from unless you grow and raise it all yourself.
Hi, Madeleine. Sorry it took me so long to get to yours. I still have a few more of these, but am spacing them out as I go. UGH. Now I want Cherry Garcia. I used to love that so much. I haven’t had it in years. You have inspired me.
I have never met a triplet. How cool. I have one brother and he is 12 years younger than I am.
And oh! Your user name must be a “Bringing Up Baby” reference! Not only one of my favorite movies, but also partly the reason I was called Katherine. (Also named after my great aunt so not spelled Katharine. But my mother was in the hospital and the movie was on and she decided it was a good name.)
9 years down. 81 more until our granite wedding anniversary. We’ve got this. My great grandmother lived to be 108. I can make 120. No prob. You, my lovely child bride, only have to make it to 115 years old.
There is no one I would rather buy a tombstone for less than you. I have once again failed to write a properly romantic letter, but the beautiful things about our lives can’t be tied up in pretty words. The best moments are when you’ve got me crying with laughter because you know I’m stressed out and laughing will help burn some of it off. Or when you let me tell you long complicated stories about what I’ve worked on and you listen to it all carefully. I don’t know what I give you, but whatever it is I give it to you completely. I accept who you are and I love you so damn much. Also I laugh at the majority of your jokes. That has to be a plus. And I read you LotR aloud.
When the cat was sick last night you told me not to worry and that you’d take care of it. Because you are the care taker. Bertie and I are just here to shed all over and look adoringly at you. And to look sad when we’re hungry. (Some day I will do the magic thing again where food comes from the grocery store into our house and I cook it.)
p.s. You are my proverbial partner in crime. We have committed no actual crimes.
I am fascinated by your written correspondence thing with your cousin. It always sounds so cool. You are one of the few tumblr people I know who I’ve seen in person. Who knew mint chip ice cream was so popular? I mean, it’s my fav (actually mint oreo is my fav, but mint chip is a close second.) And the entire time we’ve been doing this meme I haven’t had any ice cream. This is a travesty.