Update: WE HAVE BEEN BUILDING OUR CHICKEN COOP ALL DAY!!!!
but you can’t say I’ve missed day 4 of the challenge… it’s not midnight yet! The challenge continues…
Day 4, Saturday: Favorite quote (from a person, from a book, etc) and why you love it
First off- The Runner Ups:
You are what what you eat eats. -Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them. -Ray Bradbury
And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good. -John Steinbeck, East of Eden
I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be. I know it’s crazy. Holden in Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger
All right, then, I’ll go to hell. – Huck Finn in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
(Pat yourself on the back if you can tell WHY those are quotes I think of each day.)
Drum roll please… my favorite quote of all time is this:
Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two makes four. -Winston in 1984, George Orwell
Have you read this book? If not, you should. I think it’s the most imperative read out there.
I’ll tell you why.
We are living in a day and age when media and advertisements rule all. One story in the news will disappear while another shows up out of the blue, telling us something completely different. It’s confusing.
Drink milk- we all need our calcium. What those ads don’t tell you is that drinking milk is one of the worst ways to get calcium into your body. In fact, calcium is actually stripped away in order to process the milk. Dr. Frank Sabatino, PhD (as quoted in Main Street Vegan by Victoria Moran) says, “Bone health is not dependent on the calcium you take in, but on the calcium you keep in. Calcium, in its charged state, can be used to alkalinize the body by buffering or neutralizing acidity. As the body becomes more acidic from a diet high in animal protein, it will pull calcium out of the bones to neutralize the negative effects of acidity and inflammation.” Also: Scandinavia and the USA have the highest rates of hip fracture. And the highest dairy intake. (the good news- we can get our calcium where the cow got hers, through greens. one cup of collard greens has more mg of calcium than a cup of milk)
I won’t even get into the more depressing “facts” floating around. There are too many.
If you read 1984, you will see that Winston is conflicted. His job is to take yesterday’s news, make it disappear, and replace it with today’s news. He sees the error in this because the news stories are always opposites.
“We are at war with Eurasia” one day.
“We were never at war with Eruasia, we are now at war with Eastasia” the next.
Winston knows that they were at war with Eurasia. He remembers it. But that is not the way he is supposed to think.
War is peace.
Freedom is Slavery.
Ignorance is Strength.
That’s what Winston is supposed to believe. But guess what? He doesn’t. He knows that as long as he is aware of the Truth, he will be free. He can pretend to agree with the government. He can go with the flow of the crowd. As long as he can think the Truth.
When Winston is faced with the toughest, challenging moment of his life, here’s what he’s told:
‘How can I help it?’ [Winston] blubbered. ‘How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.’
‘Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.’
Do you think it’s enough? To know the truth and hold onto it no matter what? Do you think that if you were in jail for years and years, but you still had your own freedom of thought and knowledge, that you would in some way, actually feel free? I honestly don’t know if I’m that strong. It’s scary to think about. All I know is that I will take Ray Bradbury’s advice and never stop reading. We can’t stop reading, ever.
We need to believe what Winston believed. We can’t let anything take that away from us. (Um, I won’t spoil the ending, but just know, your life will never be the same after reading 1984.)
If I ever get a tattoo, it will say: two and two make four.
Because freedom truly is the ability to say something real, even when the government (or any “higher power”) tries to tell you otherwise.
What idea or quote do you hold onto as a way of living life?