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Monday, November 6, 2017

Expanding The Word "Salad"

The word "salad" as we know it...
Google says it is a
 "mixture of specified ingredients served with a dressing"

I am looking at the limits within the meaning we give this word and then i will expand it so we can expand our expression and discover the potential of preparing it with awareness as who we are in relation to the food items we are preparing plus the tools we use when we do a salad. 

I will also look at the context of where we are coming from when we use this word.

First the context...

The real context of the relationship of the ingredients to each other and to the one preparing the salad is not present.

In this context, the liquid ingredients etc. in the dressing within the salad were perceived separate from the solid components. 

The real identity of the ingredients - as plants and animals, were not mentioned. They are beings that are parts of the whole - that is Life. 

The one preparing the salad is me/you/us, as human beings

ME AN ING-redient

ME as AN ING-redient (part) of the whole - that is Life.

The context of how we use the word "salad" at present is coming from the context that we are individuals separate from the whole - that is life. 

This is not so. we come from the dust and we go back to the dust - "dust to dust"

Next, let us look at the limitation in the meaning we give the word "salad"...

When we use the word "salad" directed by a limited  definition where the identity of ingredients, the tools used, the environment where it is being prepared and the one preparing the salad are not being defined as what they really are - where they are perceived separate from each other and therefore separate from the whole, creating a fragmented whole, we use it out of context.

This mis-take has a huge consequence outflow in different areas of our lives since the meaning of words we use affect our decisions and our behavior in all areas of our life.

This mis-take can lead us to the problems that we are facing right now in the food industry:

1. We do not see the ingredients for what they really are. We devalue them.

This happens when we "dress" the products (or ingredients) to look more so their value will be more. The packaging of the food or salad with the idea that many will buy it if it looks according to what consumer survey says, becomes a dress-ing that hides what the salad really is - a mixture of ingredients that are parts of the whole that is life. 

Rather than buying based on commonsense - where we choose products or ingredients (all being parts of the whole - that is life) that will benefit the body according to what we tested based from our unbiased inquiry from what is available where we are and looking at the availability of finance as the means to get them, we buy or make a salad to follow the information we get from the media, creating a belief and manifesting these beliefs through our food preparation choices or eating choices - as if they are true.

2. Law makers create laws that is out of context (not seeing or treating ingredients as who/what they really are - as parts of the whole, that is life)

The laws governing the health food store i visited in Dallas which has grocery chains in the US and Europe throws food items that were left by shoppers in the trash can. 

The food items were inside unopened bags. 

When i asked inside the store, they said "they are just complying with the law". 

Rather than the law spearheading the expansion of the meaning of words to direct the actions of all - including the people working in businesses, we are using the law (within the limited meaning of words taught in schools) to limit the reach of where the food items can go - as per a limited parameter of what life is according to a limited perception of the law.

3. Physical and mental stress in food preparation 
The educational standards set by authorities in the food industry is not based on commonsense. It is based on how to prepare food in a certain way, defining the limits (as right or wrong) in the way of preparing food to make the food look and taste better for financial gain - rather than using commonsense in food preparation while looking at the context and expanded meaning of what one is preparing plus the availability of finances to buy the food items the body needs.

4. Substance addiction
When we see the ingredients used in food preparation as either a super animal or plant  or an inferior animal or plant when it is an animal (being) or a plant (being) equal to the human (being) - as the one preparing them (also defined as either "sickly"or "super healthy", we tend to believe we are lacking something, so we become addicted to the ones we defined as a super animal or plant which we believed can give us a "good feeling", long life or a super human status. 

4. Confusion
A confused mental state arise from a biased perception of the undressed salad for example (labelled as "not delicious" but "healthy") or the dressed-up salad (labelled as "delicious" but "unhealthy") or dish based on information coming from biased sources - either labelled as inferior or superior driven by profit.

The media caters to both groups of people in either category - who are "for" or "against" a particular "leaning" set by the popularity polls, so competitions are encouraged.

In these food competitions, we accept and allow judges to declare a winner and a loser where the real identity of humans, plants and animals etc. are seen within bias. This is encouraged in tv networks and in groups for the sake of higher ratings.

5. Poverty
Our limited definition of words and in this context, the word "salad" creates a bias in our perception of the value we give ourselves - since we assign values to people and things including the salad (the ingredients of which are composed of plants and animals, that are parts of the whole that is life) according to our ability to purchase products and services, we tend to assign a higher value to the one who has the means to buy the food or the one who is able to prepare different kinds of salads to "please ones appetite",  eat at restaurants, entertain friends and family with "tasty" salads/food and the one who does not have the means to buy food, or has nothing to survive on becomes associated with the lower strata - assigned a lower value. 

The context of eating as humans that are parts of the whole - that is life, is lost. We all need to have means to get the food and eat food when the body needs food.

We do not have a clear starting point in preparing food and in this blog context, preparing a salad. This brings us back to the problems that we have coming back again and again to be corrected - the correction of which will lead us to HERE.

The humans who will be eating the salad are a part of the whole - that is Life and the plants and animals where our body gets nutrition from - are also parts of the whole that is life. We are essentially equal and one - "dust to dust".

The word "salad", when being used in food preparation, has to be prepared within  awareness that we are handling/preparing plants and animals that are parts of the whole - that is life.

The tools we use to make the salad like the stove, knife, bowls, plates, cups, teaspoons, tablespoons, cooking pots, shredders, blender, food processor etc. are parts of the whole - that is life.

The water and the air that we breath are parts of the whole - that is life.

The humans who are going to eat the salad are humans - who are parts of the whole - that is life.

We can expand the meaning of a salad for now by saying...

A salad is 
"a mixture of ingredients with or without a dressing, that we use to nourish the body of the one who is going to eat it - humans, animals etc. who are essentially parts of the whole - that is Life.

The purpose of making a salad is to give the body of humans, animals etc. what it needs to survive.

The addition or subtraction of other ingredients to it, will not alter the essential identity of the food items that are being used when preparing a salad.

A salad can be prepared with or without salt.

A salad can contain ingredients that are warm and/or cold.

A salad can be prepared with a dressing

A salad can be prepared without a dressing

A salad can be a mixture of gasses as in - the air salad

A salad can be a mixture of tablets and capsules - as a medicine salad

A salad can be made from meat formed into a meatball

A salad can be made from meat formed into a burger 

A salad can be liquid - as in the liquid vegetable salad

A dressing can be the liquid salad

A dressing may contain more or less liquid. 

The dressing may or may not contain oil. 

The dressing may or may not contain vinegar or juice of citrus.

The dressing may or may not contain a mixture of herbs.

A salad can be added to another salad - like a soup salad or a stew salad. 

The salad in essence consist of plants and/or animals.

The salad is food.

Food is a substance that nourish the body - as plants and animals etc. - that is a part of the whole, that is LIFE. 

The salad - as plants and/or animals sacrificing their lives for the body to function, is a part of the whole, that is LIFE.




The Medicine Salad


The Soup Salads


The Turkey Salad

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