I’ve been receiving a Soylent Discourse Digest update once a week, and earlier today I visited the Soylent Facebook page to see what’s new at the company. I placed an order for Soylent back in June, and I’m awaiting my shipment. Soylent has been very communicative, including directly responding to some E-mails I’ve sent through asking about adding a subscription on top of an initial single shipment order. I’ve received an address confirmation E-mail that also informed me of some additional delays in fulfilling orders due to a variety of obviously legitimate factors.
I’m not normally the type of guy that participates in blogs, online communities, etc., but I’ve got to speak-up this time.
I’ve been reading nasty comment after nasty comment for months now from customers waiting for their delayed initial shipment of Soylent.
I want to start a blog posting thread that helps us new, not-yet-shipped clients of Soylent - those of us that recognize the larger picture of what Soylent is trying to accomplish - are heard.
Maybe it’s a metaphorical waste-of-breath on all those negative complainers & whiners, but here goes…Really guys & gals, get a freakin’ life! So you have to wait a few extra months…So what? Very obviously Soylent is not a scam or multi-level marketing or a diet food gimmick or making outrageous claims or any number of lame modern day turn-offs in the world of nutrition & health food. It’s not overpriced and its not overhyped. It’s grown organically and mostly by word-of-mouth. It’s a high-tech start-up that actually matters - it’s not an iPhone gaming app.
In my opinion, way too many people of gotten a bit weird these days. One of the postings talked about complaining to Steve Colbert because the Soylent CEO was on his program earlier this year. I’m near 60, but the only comments that seem to fit this silliness are OMG, LOL and most WTF. They have the same attitude that has hammered much of the American public’s health in recent years - I want my food and I want it now and I’m going to drive through that Burger King I just saw up ahead due to their massive sign and their heavy marketing to my demographic and get a Whopper and a large french fries and a 32 oz. carbonated cup of basically Karo’s corn-syrup with artificial flavoring, otherwise known as a Coke, and do my best to keep my card-carrying membership in the overweight, unhealthy obese club. Where you don’t really die that much sooner then everyone else, you just become incapacitated at an early age and drag down the entire U.S. medical system along with everyone’s retirement systems.
The U.S. is far from perfect, but it is BLESSED with a number of awesome things, and one of them is having just about the greatest and safest and most diverse and most available food-chain system in the world. It’s not flawless, but anyone who has traveled out of the country much knows this is true. It could be streamlined a bit, but we all know that you can get a salad at McDonalds if you have enough self-discipline to order it.
So, complainers, how about applying some old-fashioned problem-solver skills?
My rocket-science solution…I did a bit of Internet research, tracked down a reasonably priced nearby nutrition store chain (The Vitamin Shoppe) looked at their large selection of meal replacement powders and picked one that seemed to fit me.
I’m replacing one meal a day and gearing up for the Soylent experience, where I’m planning to replace two meals a day, maybe all meals on certain days. I’m experimenting with using almond milk and peanut butter powder and agave syrup to fine tune the liquid meal.
Problem solved as I await Soylent to carefully ramp up production, packaging and shipping. Why on earth would anyone want them to rush this? It’s going to be a key part of many of our food intakes when it arrives. It’s not computer software where they can send out a patch if something doesn’t perform correctly.
I want the Soylent founders, managers, employees and crowdfunder financiers to know that I greatly appreciate what they’ve accomplished to this point in time and I appreciate their long-term vision with an innovative paradigm shift for food and nutrition.
Soylent has created a practical, reasonably priced, environmentally responsible alternative to traditional strategies of “eating healthy”.
I think I speak for others, as well - a lot of others - in the Soylent community, both those with fulfilled and those with soon-to-be fulfilled orders.
So please, if you are waiting for your order but recognize the big picture of what Soylent really means and recognize why it’s a really, really important company, please speak up!