Having followed Soylent and soylent (DIY) and having now been on DIY for over 6 months, I have come to see something that occurs regularly. I see it in media coverage, when friends and folks ask me about it, and even on this very discourse at times.
Simply put - Soylent is so often examined “in a vacuum”. This is the term we used in insurance claims when they would audit case files. A single case (from hundreds or thousands) would be examined with no input or contrast to anything else, this single case would be broken down and critiqued solely on itself. I feel like critique of Soylent often goes the same way.
There seems to be a strong will of some folks to deconstruct and disprove Soylent. Personally it has changed my life dramatically for the better and while not for everyone, it doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Instead Soylent (and DIY) exist in a world where people are eating very poorly, fast foods, processed foods, etc. etc. etc. Soylent can arguably do the MOST good for folks who are already missing the target on nutrition for many reasons. Sometimes it’s time, money, skill, availability, etc.
Despite all the great things Soylent and soylent can do for folks of all levels, it is so often critiqued or attacked otherwise. I’ve literally had people tell me subjectively all the things they think are wrong with it while they continue to eat fast food and processed snacks. They compare Soylent to eating a nutritious healthy diet that they themselves are unable to follow. It just surprises me that I often find myself having to justify it against standards that the critics themselves don’t adhere to.
Mainly curious if other folks come across this as often as I do!