What Food Labels and Shakespeare Have In Common
Sometimes, writing about fitness and nutrition can be a bit…well, one-dimensional. At least, for me it seems that can happen.
This is certainly my passion, but it’s also my business, and that can—from time to time—make thinking about it at all hours a bit more like work and bit less fun. At times, this can create a kind of creativity block for me, making it hard to really sit down and write as often as I’d like.
On the other hand, things that I do solely for pleasure like reading, surfing, sex, poker and all that…seem to just come a bit more naturally in terms writing about them. And more importantly, they really get my creative juices flowing.
In fact, I’ve had some of my best ideas for training while at the poker table, and although I’ve never stopped in the middle of sex to write a blog post, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t more motivated with both training and writing the next day. So if it’s been a while since I’ve blogged, then chances are, it’s…well, been a while.
However, I AM blogging now, so draw your own conclusions ;)
In any event, what I have been doing a lot of lately is reading; mainly thumbing through old books as I unpack them and set them up in the new digs.
And reading, as one of my main loves, always gets me ready to write.
As I said earlier, I find most fitness stuff to be boring. Most fitness authors never really talk about fitness and nutrition as they relate to anything other than your body.
Well, that shit’s lame, and as you know I’m not like most other fitness guys—as evidenced by the fact that I basically just told you it’s been a while since I’d gotten laid. (Hey, it happens to the best of us).
So, I was thumbing through my copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, and I randomly had a thought about certain parallels.
I made a fun video for you below, where I talk a bit about Macbeth and food labels.
Hope you enjoy it.
NOTE: At 2:10, I got a text message which caused my camera woman to laugh. From a girl. Draw your own conclusions.
For those of you who didn’t feel like sitting through 5 minutes of me bumbling through video, here is this gist of what I said.
Many times in life what is said doesn’t give the complete picture of what is meant. Moreover, there are times when telling the specific and exact truth is actually misleading, if you’re only intending to share part of it.
Well, that’s what often happens on food labels.
But first, a bit of Shakespeare: one of my favorite works of the Bard is Macbeth. With it’s dismal backdrop, homage to witchcraft and of course the intrigue of the story itself, Macbeth stands head and shoulders above the teen angst of Romeo & Juliet.
As I mentioned in the video, Macbeth isn’t lied to when the witches drop their prophetical knowledge bombs but he is misled.
Once the witches say unto him: “none [man] of woman born shall harm Macbeth” they are setting the stage for everything that is to come.
Macbeth interprets this to mean he will never be killed by another man, and that piece of “knowledge” factors into every decision he makes for the remainder of the story. Thinking himself to be untouchable, he is brash to the point of recklessness, slaughtering anyone he doesn’t trust or who may suspect him of the regicide of King Duncan.
Well, the only thing that says, “I killed the King” louder than his corpse in your castle is picking off those who think you may have killed the bloody King.
In fact, I’d argue that by assuming the attitude fantastic inherent to one thinking himself immortal, Macbeth rushes headlong into his own doom, for it is those decisions that lead him to his final confrontation with Macduff, who suspected DJ Mac-B (as he’s known in New York) from the outset.
So basically, if you look at it the right way (which I’m obligating you to do, because otherwise my blog post makes no sense), the witches set Macbeth up.
Oh, snap! Not cool, bro.
Without rehashing overmuch what I’ve already stated in the video, this fun bit of literary dalliance does bear some relevance to nutrition.
So, in short (or not so short), don’t take everything at face value. Make sure the facts add up, so to speak.
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