“In biological terms, wheat is successful; its success is built on the fact that it …
tamed humans. Wheat altered us, altered our genome
to use us.”
~Richard Manning (Against the Grain)
All my work relates to events in my life – ideas are home-grown rather than factory farmed. This particular article has sprouted from a change in what I eat. All grains & sugar have disappeared.
A surprising result has been the change in perception, that seemed to happen all by itself.
Once upon a time my mind translated this into …
… our “daily bread”.
Now it struggles to decipher this same grain html into anything resembling food – instead it insists I am looking at some kind of …
… sculpting material.
“During the Middle Ages in Europe, thick slabs of coarse and usually stale bread, called “trenchers”, were used as plates. After a meal, the food-soaked trencher …
was fed to a dog or to beggars
at the tables of the wealthy“
Some weeks ago I read a mind-altering sentence – the beginning of it stayed with me long after the ending had faded. It began like this:
“When [live]stock are overfed on grain …“
I couldn’t get it out of my head that humanity was the ‘livestock’ that had been overfed on grain.
“And Jesus said unto them, …
… I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst”. John 6:34
Actually Jesus was wrong:
“High grain diets are associated with, or implicated in, most modern day health problems – everything from bone diseases … to the major killers of today, such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer
Like everything that has been made too big in our lives (media, entertainment, parents, sex, music, light etc), it is very hard to conceive of living without them at the levels we have been programmed to think are normal or necessary:
“Naturally, you may be wondering: if grains aren’t good for us why do most of us believe they are? “First, grains …
… permeate [our] culture on all levels and in all places … wherever we go, even on plane rides or boat cruises, grains are there … Second, we’ve been socialized to believe that …
… grains are good for us …
Third, food manufacturers, supermarkets, and restaurants offer us…
… many incentives to eat a lot of grains … because grains have long shelf lives, can be twisted …
… into virtually any shape or form imaginable,
and are cheap to make“
Change is very difficult when you have been brain & bodywashed into an ingrained existence. This article exists to supply some mental leverage to assist in contemplating the place & price of grain in your life.
Prepare to be semi-seriously …
Those who are familiar with my work will understand I use play to create momentum & stimulate ideas. The following while often starting out playfully has potentially serious implications.
Please don’t get bogged down in trying to prove anything – let’s see how far we can stretch this exploration. (Many thanks who all who participated in the comments section of holiday homework.
We begin by wondering if sandwiches can lead to…
The commonly accepted story of the birth of the sandwich goes back to the British upper crust. We are told it was named after:
“John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich …
… an 18th-century English aristocrat. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread … others began to order “the same as Sandwich!” It is commonly said that Lord Sandwich was fond of this form of food because it allowed him to continue playing cards, particularly cribbage, while eating“
A little interesting birthing symbology:
“In French the meaning of the name Montague is:…
… Pointed hill“
“According to John Aubrey…
was created by the English poet Sir John …
in the early 17th century“
“Sandwich … eventually married Dorothy Fane…
… Sandwich’s first personal tragedy was his wife’s deteriorating health and eventual insanity. During his wife’s decline, Sandwich started an affair with the talented opera singer …
… Martha Ray. During their relationship, Ray bore him at least five and perhaps as many as nine children”
“She was “a lady of an elegant person, great sweetness of manners, and of a remarkable judgement and execution in vocal and instrumental music” who had lived with Lord Sandwich as his wife since the age of seventeen”
“Tragedy was to strike again in April 1779 when Ray was murdered in the foyer of the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden by a jealous suitor, James…
… Hackman, Rector of Wiveton.
Sandwich never recovered from his grief“
Although they never married, Martha Ray was sometimes referred to as Lady Sandwich:
“Just as the play broke up I saw two ladies and a gentleman coming out of the playhouse; …
… a gentleman in black followed them. Lady Sandwich‘s coach was called …
… Before the gentleman could come back to hand her into the carriage the gentleman in black came up, laid hold of her by the gown, and pulled out of his pocket two pistols; he shot the right hand pistol at her, and the other at himself. She fell with her hand so [describing it as being on her forehead] … I believe she died immediately, for her head hung directly”
“Hackman’s defence counsel submitted to the court that Hackman was insane and that the killing of Martha Ray was unpremeditated“
Quite a remarkable coincidence of insanity around one man.
This man who literally or symbolically gave the world “the sandwich,” was also associated with the Hellfire Club:
“Sir Francis Dashwood and the Earl of Sandwich are alleged to have been members of a Hellfire Club that met at the George and Vulture Inn throughout the 1730s“
Oh look time for MasterChef:
“Lord Sandwich was a great supporter of …
… Captain James Cook … In honour of Sandwich, Captain Cook named …
… the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) after him“
On a Valentine’s Day massacre in 1779 Captain Cook became the first club(bed) sandwich when he was slaughtered on the beaches of the Sandwich Islands:
“As Cook turned his back to help launch the boats, he was …
… struck on the head by the villagers and then stabbed to death as he fell on his face in the surf …The Hawaiians dragged his body away. Four of Cook’s men were also killed and two others were wounded in the confrontation“
In keeping with our food theme, we find that Cook was cooked:
“Following their practice of the time, they prepared his body with funerary rituals usually reserved for the chiefs and highest elders of the society. The body was disembowelled, baked to facilitate removal of the flesh, and the bones were carefully cleaned for preservation as religious icons“
Cook’s death took place a magical 52 days before that of the Mistress of the Sandwich.
“Martha – meaning … “lady; mistress of the house”.”
“Ray … each of the lines in which light (and heat) may seem to stream from the sun or any luminous body“
Martha Ray = Mistress of the sun / light
She died of a hole in the head
that let the light come through
… 7th April –
aka 7/4 or 4/7.
“Put out the light, and then put out the light:
If I quench thee, thou flaming minister,
I can again thy former light restore“
Was there some bizarre, behind the scenes ritual, to the introduction of the sandwich?
And is there more to the tale of the five loaves & two fish …
… than we have previously considered?
Whatever the truth, the sandwich craze spread throughout the Western world:
“The sandwich’s popularity in Spain and England increased dramatically during the 19th century, when the rise of an industrial society and the working classes made fast, portable, and inexpensive meals essential”
“In the United States, the sandwich was first promoted as an elaborate meal at supper. By the early 20th century, as bread became …
… a staple of the American diet, the sandwich became the same kind of popular, quick meal as was already widespread in the Mediterranean“
Previously in toolonginthisplace, we looked at the Statue of Liberty as …
“Ceres was credited with the discovery of spelt wheat … the yoking of oxen and ploughing, the sowing, protection and nourishing of the young seed, and the gift of agriculture to humankind; before this, it was said, man had subsisted on acorns, and wandered without settlement or laws“
Ah, just where would we be without our loving, parent-gods?
“We call it the Garden of Eden, but it was not a garden; it was not cultivated. In fact, in Genesis, God is vengeful & specific in throwing Adam & Eve out of paradise; his punishment is that they will begin gardening. Says God,…
… “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground.“
Let us contemplate actual reality:
“… the assumption [is] that agriculture was better for us. Its surplus of food allowed the leisure and specialization that made civilization. Its bounty settled, refined, and educated us, freed us from the nasty, mean brutish, and short existence that was the state of nature … This just-so story had to have sprung from the …
… imagination of someone who never …
… hoed a row of corn or rose with the sun for a lifetime of milking cows. Gamboling about plain & forest, hunting, fishing & living off the land is fun …
… Farming is not.
That’s all one needs to know to begin a rethinking of the issue.“
“The fundamental question was properly phrased by Colin Tudge of the London School of Economics: “The real problem, then, is not to explain why some people were slow to adopt agriculture but …
… why anybody took it up at all,
when it is so obviously beastly.“
“To condemn all of humankind to a life of full-time farming, and in particular, arable farming, was a curse indeed.“
We have also looked at America as the …
… ‘stomach of the world”
We become what we swallow:
“swallow (v.) … Old English swelgan “swallow, imbibe, absorb“.“
Is it any wonder
that insanity …
of America’s …
Vincent van Gogh saw the world in a different way to us. It’s possible that he, like many who suffer from mental illness, may have been affected by what could be called, grain toxicity:
“Dohan et. al. published a report demonstrating that schizophrenia is virtually non-existent in cultures where glutinous grains are not consumed“
Perhaps his (reputedly) last painting, Wheatfield and Crows is a clue to the identity of….
… his cereal killer.
Prior to his death came the removal of …
… an ear.
The seed-bearing spike of a cereal plant, such as corn“
In these tales I get the sense of two worlds – the five-sense world, & an underlying story-world of grain.
So I want to step up our play time into something a little more exotic. Don’t get caught up trying to prove things, just come along for the ride & we’ll see how far we can take this.
Here goes …
Have we got the story round the wrong way?
What if grain farms us?
What if our bodies are the real wheat fields of this world?
What if grain is an alien/interdimensional entity …
… that requires us to swallow it,
so that it can …
This might explain why alien/interdimensional/??? forces are so obsessed with “branding” …
… their logos
on their own “seed”.
Speaking of branding giants:
Wheat = white
“wheat (n.) … from Proto-Germanic *khwaitijaz … literally “that which is white“.”
Grain = red (thanks roobeedoo)
“grain (n.) … early 13c., “scarlet dye made from insects”.”
stars or seeds?
Of course in actuality, wheat isn’t really white at all.
It’s pure gold.
I shall now defer to an earlier version of myself & quote from the golden mil-Lion Man (2009):
“Why is it that we have had the value of gold poured down our throats from birth“
“gold … was considered a divine metal, it was thought to be the flesh of the gods. Its polished surface was related to the brilliance of the sun. Gold was important to the afterlife as it represents aspects of immortality.”
“Ancient Egyptians believed that gold was an indestructible and heavenly metal. The sun god, Ra …
… was often referred to as a mountain of gold … The skin of gods and other deities …
… was said to be golden“
Gold has been fabricated into an object of lust & daily worship in our world – we need to ask why?
“The thing is, [gold] was NOT seen as financially special until … Croesus, decided [to] make it into a unit of exchange & so a … decorative ornament [became an] object of multi-cultural & multi-century ‘lust’ … I found it extremely funny to come across a description of Alexander the Great ….
… as ‘already being fully familiar with the use of gold as money’ – implying that this was an idea that he had had to ‘get used to‘.“
Let’s inject a little wondering:
“In respect to gold [shaman Credo Mutwa] said that it was an ‘entity‘. That it’s presence in the bowels of the earth is essential to life, in particular to the flow & purification of water. That besides being a physical metal, it is also a spiritual & a metaphysical metal, & that by mining gold “humanity is enslaved to forces of which they are not even aware”.“
Sun/gold/lions are so symbolically intertwined that they may be viewed in the same way we view the three forms of h2o – ice/water/steam.
But now I’m wondering if there is a fourth element to the gold-god-ensemble that we have missed & so worshipped unknowingly?
What if eating grain, & in particular, wheat
equates to partaking in
Wheat has almost the same coded letter-formation as the words “earth/heart,” – except that in place of ‘r’ there is a ‘w’.
Without the ‘r’ there is no “ear” to “hear”.
When we are not heard, …
… our hearts can be broken
& our reality stolen.
Funny how the coded ‘w‘ now thrives …
… in this world
Returning yet again to religion & gods we find yet more hidden grain worship:
“spire Old English spir …
… “a sprout, shoot, spike, blade, tapering stalk of grass“.”
“A cereal is a grass“
Let’s wrap up this part of the exploration by asking, “is grain a drug?”
Maybe we should relax up on the mushroom obsessions & pay closer attention to our daily bread:
“One more provocative idea is the opioid or exorphin theory … a considerable amount of research indicates that grains and dairy products aren’t just food; they also contain opioid substances called exorphins … evidence certainly suggests that exorphins have drug-like effects and may be, to some degree, addictive”
“Wheat in particular is a common food allergen, addictant, and …
… trigger to cravings“
“One of the more perplexing aspects of food sensitivities is the phenomenon of food addiction. This is a condition in which people ironically feel a …
… physical and emotional need for the very foods they’re allergic to. In the course of some allergic reactions, the body produces narcotic-like substances, including some feel-good endorphins which elicit a temporary “high” & a short-lived amelioration of symptoms.”
One final image & explanation as to why this article exists.
A little while ago I updated my computer’s wallpaper image, I was not really in the mood & so nabbed an image of an outdoor cafe without paying it much attention.
Only later did I actually look closer at it – in particular the white car in the background – I have just bought a white car & I was curious about its numberplate, I’m weird like that. On closer inspection I saw that the car’s licence plate spelled POX – in front of the car is an advert for crepes & waffles – the message was loud & clear.
Everything in this article is designed to create healthy speculation & not to be taken so seriously that you get stuck anywhere. Flour & water create glue – we don’t need any more glue/goo – we need to start moving again. Changes in diet never come by will power or force, they come via mental & emotional freedom & desire for change.
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Text in this colour from Against the Grain – Richard Manning
Text in this colour from Going Against the Grain – Melissa Diane Smith