This is a great video that just came out from Paleo FX. I think it’s worth sharing because I suspect this attitude is more common that most would believe.
It’s not just prevalent in paleo-land, it’s in every domain of significance. And why is that?
By my judgement it is primarily due to something called the anti-conceptual mentality. This phenomenon is culture wide, and generations deep.
I think of it as an addiction to concretes, coupled with an active ignorance of additional layers of abstraction (which teeters closely on “aggressive-stupidity”).
In daily-life talk, it’s the addiction with “what to do”, and a complete dismissal of why one should do some thing — if anything is to be done at all.
This is as common in political discussions as it is in the “health and fitness” industry, and as one might imagine, the world of dating and relationship advice.
It’s tempting to say that this “what vs. why” concept is easier to observe in one domain over another, but truthfully, it’s easy to observe in any area of interest, once you are aware of it.
In nutrition it’s : what do I do what do I do what do I do, instead of why am I fat and sick?.
In male/female relationships it’s the classic : what do I say what do I say what do I say, instead of why am I so obsessed with entertaining women, particularly the ones I am attracted to?
Or alternatively, the classic “one-itis” syndrome, where a person becomes completely physically-obsessed with another person, and entirely forgets the much bigger, and much more important picture : the self.
And in politics, well, you can probably figure that one out.
Edit : changed romantically to physically, a more appropriate term for the sentence.