27 March 2010

So I don’t know if you’ve caught Jamie Oliver’s new show, but it’s on hulu and abc.com if you missed it. It’s called ‘food revolution’ and the premise is he’s a renown British chef and he goes to most unhealthy city in the most unhealthy state in america… Huntington, WV. He then tries to change the school lunch menu. The thing that makes this show so fascinating is the human drama. Everyone he meets makes every argument not to change, not on the basis that he’s wrong… but that the status quo is easier/cheaper/more acceptable in some way. It’s such a microcosm of what is going on in our nation’s politics. In this country, there is such an emotional investment in the status quo in the face of dramatic and dire evidence that it’s not working. It’s interesting to watch this national problem play out with an inocous thing like eating habits in a public school. How much investment do I have in the status quo despite all evidence that’s its time to change. What do I defend staunchly for no good reason other than that’s the way It’s always been done. Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you want to see in the world.” If I want to see change in this great country of ours, I have to be willing not to defend the status quo and to let go of ideas, things, and passions that lead to defense of the status quo.