I am noticing a recurring theme amongst critics and a few backers and buyers as well. Obviously, at least 25% of the reactions to this company and it’s actions have been anger and impatience.
Now I’m certainly no authority on the subject, and for all we know I’m just a 12 year old with a half-decent manner of articulation, but I think this needs to be said in full.
This company has effectively solved global hunger
Many of the criticisms I read are a reminder of the incredibly painful-to-watch cover story done by NYT. They bring on a handful of people to “taste test” the product.
Folks, this is not a product. It is not for YOU. I don’t know if I’m being clear enough, so let me just try to be blunt. Tens of thousands of children are going to die today. And tomorrow. And the next day. These numbers are dropping ever so slowly, regardless of “breakthroughs” or humanitarian aid. The efforts are far from negligible, but you need to have perspective; specifically the perspective of a parent that has watched their own child convulse for days in what can only be described as ****ing agony and torment.
I know this post is being harsh, and I hope you won’t interpret it in any other way. The reality is harsh. A startup in California has an idea that will change the world unbelievably in the next few decades, so forgive me if I don’t have any sympathy to give about your oh-so terrible X-month wait. Deal with it.
I don’t work for the company (clearly) and I’m probably violating the communities rules of basic decency, but seriously, those of you whining need to wake the **** up. Whether it’s a company or a charity or even a nation-state, this idea is so much more than just a product and a lot of you need to get that through your heads.
I won’t be surprised or offended if this post gets deleted, downvoted or disgrased because I’m sure I’m not presenting my stance very sociably. This is obviously just a rant anyway and I doubt it will lead to anything more constructive than a anti-critic circlejerk. I just wish a lot of you bashing the company could see even a decade into the future. What is happening now is of monumental importance. Maybe Soylent Corp doesn’t have to be THE company to make this happen, but when the majority of the human population has internet access and are well nourished… oh my god. You’ll just have to wait and see.