In light of recent media posts, I felt this was oddly relevant to some of the back & forth going on:
It’s safe to say there will always be skeptics, naysayers, ‘open your eye’-ers, and those that that will use every inch of tendons in their fingers to refute, bash, and proclaim their opinion as Right on the idea(s) of Soylent (see also: the comments on any of the above articles). This, of course, goes for both sides of the ensuing wave of pro-, and anti- argumentators. As a community, or at least a group of people that will be viewed as one, it’s important to understand the events that are unfolding in the realm of anticulture & culture.
Thankfully, it’s also good to keep in mind that the ones with the most hostility are also just the loudest, and are rarely the most common.
The more traction the idea of hacking and creating your own food from the ground up becomes, the more people will join in on the discussion. It’s great we get these avenues to talk about and share experiences, worries, and criticisms. We will, or inevitably, feel as part of a community, which has both its positive and negatives in the track of human history.
Just as well, the more discussion there is, the louder the loudest of the naysayers will get, and invariably, the louder we’ll try and get in reply. It’s kind of inevitable with a subject like food, and being told over and over that the stuff you’re consuming looks like semen will probably seem kind to what will come out of the media next.
However, it would be a greater shame to see this or any other soylent subforum go down the same line so many other communities have. It’s important to understand the pitfalls of generalization, among other fallacies, that we may use against others.
Anyone who’s kicked around the internet long enough has been witness to the waves of communities that flourish around an idea versus those against it, where once all the noise has died down, nobody dares go near the subject lest they get immediately associated with the stigma surrounding that idea; a plight vegans & vegetarians know all too well, and well before the Internet decided to weigh in.
For the few, loudest, and most vitriolic out there who are dead set in their naysaying, there’s an easy way to deal with them: don’t bother. You’re not going to win a game of chess against a pigeon, and there are more than a couple dangers in creating communities entirely out of defending itself against opposition, not the least of which is creating a barrier of entry, or disregarding wholesale constructive criticism when it’s given.
So, as a sort of attempt at a warning to all, try not to get caught up in the pro-skub, and anti-skub fights, lest you get caught up playing someone is wrong on the Internet. At the end of the day, it’s a choice like any other. And, for those still interested, it’s obvious that there are others that have chosen to support it.
Viva la civil discourse!