I’ve always enjoyed the concepts of Tao; especially the idea of a ‘flow’ or ‘way’ (yes, I know it’s redundant as Tao is ‘the way’). Though I take it to mean that there are many flows in a life; some big, some small, most psychological and most thanks to being a social species that LOVES to make patterns out of everything. To me, I took this and ran with it under the ideas of emergence, chaos theory, and some creative engineering to make some pillars of personal philosophy; patterns are scale-free, everything, especially people, move in direction, if it’s stupid and it works, it ain’t stupid, and KISS [keep it simple, stupid. Unlike this post].
The uncarved block aspect has always held my interest, too. As applied to the sciences things get… interesting. Always trying to strike that balance of being ‘unformed’ yet also trying to not reinvent the wheel, or let too much of the outlier ideas sink in, lest an open mind without a filter just sort of get filled with… well, everything.
So, rather than trying to fit into the existing paradigm, Rhinehart comes in like an uncarved block and goes for the absolute basics. Just to see if he could get by, and sure enough. Rather than trying to control the chaos of the existing state of nutrition, or work within its vectors only to be caught up in it its flow, he took a complete step out; a bottom-up approach rather than the top-down ‘if I eat a cheeseburger, some broccoli, and wash it down with a taco and taquila, I should be good!’
Genius, right? Yet if you have any experience in the general DIY community, it’s like head-desk levels of ‘of course!’ Exact same concepts, patterns, and ideas used all over the place; dismantling a system, looking at its base components, and rebuilding it for either simplicity, efficiency, or just to rebuild it and see what you get. Same flow, same tao, just a different application. Damn near mathematical, even.
So yea, the whole powdered food thing has always just sort of… made sense. When I heard about it, I pretty much got on board within a couple months. I’m sure there are still some pieces missing (there always are), some parts that we just don’t know because we haven’t encountered them (we only know what we know). Or, we have, and they’re too buried in the existing nutrition-science-chaos / long-dead-civilizations to extract meaningful data on them to be used for this ‘bottom up’ approach (how many times in history have we actually reinvented the wheel? I’m guessing a lot).
Still, it remains a helluva lot healthier and cheaper than most diets, and at the end of the day, it’s all that’s really needed at this current juncture. Things will move forward, and hopefully my body and brain will benefit for being an early adopter.