TL;DR If you had other “non-future food” options that were equally as positive as soylent, what would you tell yourself to talk yourself out of choosing those options?
The armchair social-anthropologist in me is genuinely curious about the values and choices of subcultures. soylent “enthusiasts” as a group, are a fascinating group to me. For many reasons.
Some reactions to and comments on a recent /r/soylent post got me to wondering about a bunch of stuff. Stuff like…
Let’s say you discovered 5 different vegan, non-soylent meal options that all shared the following properties…
- irrefutably equally as nutritionally complete as your favourite soylent
- saved you an equal amount of time (either objectively quantifiable or based on your subjective perception) as your favourite soylent
- equally as easy to prepare (either objectively quantifiable or based on your subjective perception) as your favourite soylent
- cost less than than your favorite soylent (by whatever measure on which you prefer to base cost-effectiveness)
- shared all of the other warm fuzzies of your favourite soylent (and more). e.g. “feed the world”, “save the rain forest”, “PETA-approved”, etc
- each one had completely different tastes (sweet, umami/savoury, etc), colour, texture from each other and from your favourite soylent
- each tasted equally as good as (based on your own subjective taste) or better than (subjectively) your favourite soylent
- gram for gram each left you feeling equally satiated (or even more so) as the exact same amount (or less) as your favourite soylent
Now let me ask you this…
- Do you assume that no other such options even exist?
- Would you still eat only soylent and choose to forego all the other irrefutably-equal options?
- Is 5 too overwhelming a number of options to choose from?
- Do you envisage yourself 5 years from now feeling as passionately about soylent as you do today?
If “yes” to either of the above then why is that so?
Please help me to better understand my soylent-guzzling brethren. All serious, honest (and especially) candid answers are welcomed.