Do you feel that the Paleo lifestyle's emphasis on healthy living, if broadly applied, would lead to fewer people leading the 'unbalanced' lifestyle that great achievements often require?
I don't think everyone should train like an elite athlete or use caffeine, sugar, and Adderall for marathon study sessions. For most of us, our health and that of our loved ones is paramount. But, would we want to forgoe the fruits of their labors or encourage a society where they cannot flourish? Surely basic respect for each person's right to conduct his own life will prevent us from off-the-wall actions. But, in an attempt to better comprehend the philosophical aspect of the Paleo lifestyle, I wonder how we would be different without the geniuses who wouldn't exists without modernity.
Thanks for reading & I look forward to your comments, Mike
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on November 12, 2010
at 07:54 AM
Absolutely just as anti depressants will be the death of art and music. Elite performance begins where rationality ends. One does not get to be the best tennis player or golfer by leading a balanced life. Instead elite performance in a world of 6.5 billion souls means superlative concentration and natural ability.
So what? Do you care who can run a 2:06 marathon or that you can watch them when you are seventy?
Paleo nutrition is simply a modal or framework that we use to apply rational thought and observation to live healthful lives. I have not known many elite athletes but those that I have known were had specific natural talents that were optimized by extreme concentration in their field. Not something I was interested in doing.
on November 11, 2010
at 04:24 PM
I don't understand the question. We aren't advocating 'killing off' anyone. We are saying you will live longer and feel better if you eat healthier. This applies to everyone, but especially the weaker and sicker ones. Neither are way saying we should go back to the exact lifestyle that some hunter gatherer tribes may have had. What we are saying is we should eat foods that we are designed to eat in order to be healthier. There have been geniuses throughout history eating a variety of foods. Most of the geniuses of the past probably ate healthier than we do now just because we have such easy access to so much more crap food now. There is no reason to suspect that eating healthier will make people stupider. And while it is a common refrain in psychology that there is a thin line between genius and insanity, there is no one saying that one is a necesity for the other. Nor have I heard anyone say that diet alone can cure mental instability. Certainly, I think it could help in many cases, but personally, I think healthful living would only improve one's ability to think and be brilliant, not ruin it. There are plenty of historical figures who probably could have done even more for society if only they had been slightly more mentally stable. Stability does not destroy genius. It improves it.
on November 11, 2010
at 02:40 PM
If the suggestion/question is that an exceptional individual would somehow be less exceptional because they are eating well and living healthy - no, I don't see how that could be a concern. Why would more health equal less creativity / intelligence / determination / enthusiasm / innovation / drive / etc?
on November 11, 2010
at 04:04 PM
I get a hoot out of these attempts to appeal to some long lost healthy lifestyle that modern life has either forgotten or modern clamor for profit has somehow hidden for its own nefarious purposes! Everyone wants to look back to the past to forgotten blissful, healthy lives full of goodwill and caring. Some look to the 50's. Some to the revolutionary times. Some to ancient civilizations. Some to pre-civilized times.
Here's my take. Diets come and go with regularity. Every time a new one comes up, you can find it by a different name some time in the past. The trick to riding the wave is to package it in some new, attractive way that appeals to a modern sensibility or philosophy.
Its like those ever present get rich quick schemes. The scheme itself is not really that productive. But it sure is a great money maker for the ones who sell it. People are going to make money selling books and stuff for the paleo-market. Then it will die off to be replaced by the next money maker.