“Trillions of dollars have been given to charity in the last 50 years, and they don’t solve anything,” – Carlos Slim : the richest man in the world
Tim Ferriss recently published a post titled “The Manhattan Project to End Fad Diets“. The post introduces a new all-star, non-profit organization, with headliners like Gary Taubes, Tim Ferriss, and Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
The organization is apparently set to end fad diets, curb the obesity epidemic, save the world, etc.
While I have no doubt their intentions are noble and honest, I can tell you definitively this organization will accomplish nothing positive, and may in fact result in destructive outcomes (not only perpetuating the problem, but intensifying it).
The reason is two fold.
One : as the richest man in the world so eloquently states, charity accomplishes next to nothing. This is not to say honest and selfish benevolence is wrong, useless, or misguided; it is to say that it has little to no effect on long term outcomes/changes.
It’s a “spinning of the wheels”, so to speak. It just doesn’t do anything … because it has nothing to do with the root problem.
Two : building off that statement, let me be clear : creating a super-star lineup of doctors and authors has nothing to fundamentally do with the obesity/diabetes/metabolic syndrome epidemic, in these united States, or elsewhere.
The very fact that Tim is excited about this, demonstrates his ignorance in the root cause of the problem.
And if you do not understand the root cause of a problem, your hopes of solving it, are next to nothing.
What is the root cause of obesity in the united States you ask?
It is the silent, cowardly, quivering acceptance of unjustified violence in human relationships.
The tacit approval of violently enforced taxes, of violently enforced compulsory schooling, of violently enforced monetary monopolies, of “necessary evils”.
Of evil being necessary for life on earth.
The problem is not what the government “officially” recommends — it is that the government has money taken under the threat of violence to broadcast such a recommendation in the first place.
The problem is not what children are eating, being forced to eat, or even being taught in school — it is that public schools are strictly funded through violently enforced taxes, and children are forced to attend, forced to obey, and the parents are “compelled” to comply.
Unless they want their children to be violently taken by the government, and they themselves locked in jail (and if they resist, shot and killed).
Nothing is free in this world. You cannot cheat reality.
Obesity, sickness, misery, and death is the price this country pays for turning a blind eye to these daily occurrences.
What the hell did you think would happen when the government :
- forced you to use their money
- took your funny money by force
- turned it into wheat and corn subsidies
- married fascist Monsanto
- raided raw milk farms
- spawned unconstitutional bureaucracies like the FDA and USDA
- herded your children into wheat/corn/soy fed obedience factories
Philanthropy will solve nothing, because it has nothing to do with the problem in the first place.
You want to do something useful? Support men like Mark Sisson who have created multi-million dollar empires off of reality based health advice.
And stop taking it in the ass from your government.