Macrobiotic Morals - An ethical lifestyle Choice
I recently had a brief chat with someone who has been a follower of the grain for many years. When I said that part of the reason I tried the macrobiotic diet was that I already try to eat organically and live sustainably, he said that macrobiotics wasn't about that, which surprised me.
We had other things to talk about so we left it, and I've been thinking about that brief conversation since.
Surely everyone understands that there is an 'ethical' standpoint to the macrobiotic lifestyle? No? I'm writing this blog as I'm interested in everyone's point of view on this, so please comment below.
Here's my view.
How to live: help others as you would hope to be helped yourself; wish for others what you wish for yourself.
Every other 'social law' or principle can be covered by these. Jealousy of somebody else's success or arrogance if you are fortunate to be the 'successful' one will 'eat' away at you, and ultimately destroy you.
I have also been brought up and have faith in (acknowledge) One God, The God, in arabic Al-Ilah, ie Allah (Arab-speaking Jews and Christians also use this word for whom in English we call 'God'). For me, the two (faith and how to live) go hand-in-hand but of course, you may believe differently.
I have read about George Ohsawa's views with great interest. This is from Jessica Porter's 'Hip Chick's Guide to Macrobiotics'.
"First George Ohsawa called 'One Infinity' the 'infinite pure expansion'. This is not the space we're floating in right now, but the spaceless origin of space. It is the oneness from which everything arises and to which everything returns. In his inimitable way, George Oshawa liked to call it the 'beginningless beginning and the endless end'.I have also been studying yoga, in which 'Asanas' or Physical Poses is only one aspect out of 8 that one should follow if one is interested in this path. I would like to paste some of the aspects here, but this blog is already too long, so I won't but simply refer you to the link and to the Yama and Niyama sections.
"... As far as I am concerned, it doesn't matter the form or shape that this entity takes, as long as you acknowledge a source bigger than yourself. ... The purpose of this book is to help you sense and relate to the Infinite Universe by learning its laws and bringing your body back to its natural balance.
"... As the source of all things, it is both life-giving and life-withdrawing and it is always just, steadfast and crystal clear. As you learn, you will find that working with the Infinite Universe brings freedom and working against it brings suffering. By practicing macrobiotics you will polish your inner compass, which is your tool to align with the Infinite Universe, and the rest of your life is about buffing it to a shine and following its direction.'
"... Arrogance is basically ignoring or flouting the laws of nature. Until we harmonize with the yin and yang forces that are creating and uncreating us, we are basically packing more sludge, not even knowing that we're doing it. Or worse, we learn about sludge and reject the simple logic of it. This is the greatest arrogance of all. If you have read this far in this book and think it's all ridiculous, you are blind to your own spiritual sludge. ... There is a type of energetic sludge that is holding you back from your true freedom and deepest happiness.
"In what ways do you as an individual violate the order of the universe? Where are you packing sludge? Into your body? Into the environment? How much sludge can you pack into your life without feeling the effects? What do you realize you are currently 'getting away with'? Considering yang becomes yin at its extreme, what may you be setting yourself up for?
"... We don't get healthy just to sit around and feel good. We get healthy in order to live life thoroughly, and that vital energy we received from the Infinite Universe needs to move outward into the world in order to stay bright and sparkly. So it's only natural that we get to the question 'Where is your energy going'? In other words, how are you using your life force? Are you putting it into useful places, or is it being flushed down the energy toilet?"
From the description of the 8 limbs in that link, it is clear (to me!) that for one to find 'enlightenment' (or peace or harmony or bliss, whatever you want to call it), it is not enough just to do the Asanas or the Meditation if deceit, arrogance and lies lay in one's heart.
I think the same is true about macrobiotics, eg eating a perfectly balanced meal cooked on a wooden stove but then thinking how one can cheat the next gullible person who comes along, eg pyramid selling, to me just seems bizarre. Surely one understands that there is a fixed number of people / energy in this universe, and that if everyone signed up to a pyramid sale scheme, eventually the many at the bottom of the pyramid would suffer unfairly whilst those at the top would receive a lot for doing nothing?
What a waste such a meal would be - all that positive energy being converted (perverted?) into negative energy in the body?
Can a person really think they can cheat the 'Infinite Universe' / God / Fate / Karma (or whatever you want to call it)?
Can you pull the wool over Her Eyes?
Can you really justify eating red meat for every meal which costs 25 times as much carbon to produce than vegetables?
Can you justify excessive use of insecticide and fungicide spray on the crops you choose to buy?
Can you justify your 'carbon opulence' when others in this world are starving?
To me, the answer is a clear 'No'.
For me macrobiotics without morals is meaningless.
One should try to eat organically, buy fair trade, live sustainably (eg local foods in season) as far as one can.
Isn't it obvious that what goes around comes around?
Fate has a unique way of showing us who really is boss in our lives.
And that's why, to me, living a self-focused life without interest in other's wellbeing, just one's own, to me isn't macrobiotic.
And Dirk, that's what I meant when I said I came into macrobiotics as a natural progression from the organic/sustainable lifestyle philosophy, and why I can't 'do' macrobiotics without 'organic' and 'sustainable' in the same breadth.
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