I went to a conference a few days ago for fun, called the Big Learning Event. There were some things that I didn't like about it, but one of the speakers blew me away. She was the one I least expected to identify with, Lily Yeh, an artist--here's another link describing her work. Her story is amazing, what she has done is amazing, and, even more amazing to me is she has inspired me to start painting--me, who has always said I have no aptitude or interest in art. But not only that, she showed me how we can save the world. I knew already that I have the knowledge to save the world (nutritarianism!) but I didn't know how to proceed. I've been stymied by this for the past 2 years. This has led me to be unfulfilled in my job because it didn't seem as important (astronomy compared to saving the world).
Here is what I'm going to do: free nutritional counseling. I can only do it for 10 hours a week, but it will be my community service project. I hope to target people without health insurance and with limited income. But I will gladly advise anyone interested to improve their health, time permitting. I'm going to start with a website. I'm hoping this will allow my 10 hours per week to benefit a larger number of clients. How will this save the world? If we all become nutritarians, we help halt global warming (eating lots of meat is our biggest contribution!), we prevent bankrupcy of governments and people due to health care costs, and we improve our lives dramatically.
So I will be distracted for the next few weeks working on the website. Does anyone know if you can get free web-hosting for community service projects???
Also, the reason I want to paint? Because sometimes it's emotionally very difficult for me to be a nutritarian in a non-nutritarian world. It's not an emotion I feel compelled to express in words or music. but painting or drawing? I can definitely see that. I just need to let the emotions out. I don't need to share them with anyone or process them. I just want to release them.
What do you think of my counseling/website idea? Good, bad? Your feedback on the website will be valuable!
Oh yeah, my other update is, I decided I shouldn't make deals with the devil. That's not good nutritarian behavior. It's one thing to slip up, or be in a rare situation where compromise is a reasonable option and well within Dr. Fuhrman's "Life Plan" (10%) parameters, but I don't think I should plan to eat SAD food just for the fun of it, should I????