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Conventional Wisdom Nursery Rhyme -

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 22, 2013 at 12:15 AM

Well, Kids,

Knowing what you now know about Paleo... How would you interpret the old (first recorded 1639 CE) Jack Sprat kids rhyme?

Jack Sprat could eat no fat.
His wife could eat no lean.
And so between them both, you see,
They licked the platter clean.

-=- This may be a bit too far in question everything, but this rhyme has been informing kids of SOMETHING for a few years now. What is it saying in Conventional, and what is it saying to the Paleo Peeps?

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:01 AM

It tells us that while tastes may differ, everyone loves meat.

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on July 22, 2013
at 01:00 AM

I agree with this, though I'd rather draw the lesson that a partner allows you to grow more fully into your unique strengths. You weren't necessarily inadequate without them, just maybe less awesome.

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on July 22, 2013
at 12:48 AM

It's not really about food. The food is a metaphor.

The nursery rhyme is supposed to teach us that finding a soul-mate who complements your weaknesses makes you whole together whereas each was inadequate less awesome alone. It is our differences that bring us closer together.

I believe that the great philosopher John Beckwith said it best: "True love is your soul's recognition of its counterpoint in another."

72cf727474b8bf815fdc505e58cadfea

on July 22, 2013
at 01:00 AM

I agree with this, though I'd rather draw the lesson that a partner allows you to grow more fully into your unique strengths. You weren't necessarily inadequate without them, just maybe less awesome.

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