“French/Fries”

I’m not quite certain why I chose this title, nevertheless here we are. It’s been an interesting and satisfying twelve days in France. We’ve seen and done so much, that qualifies as new experiences. Every time I engage a different culture my perspective is expanded. I don’t believe anyone’s vision of the world could be considered too wide. Like every culture, the French have their good and bad aspects to be weighed against one another. Overall, they’re a good group of people with a high level of passion for life itself. It’s my purpose to not be that guy using stereotypes and broad generalizations to describe human beings, or cultures, or nation states and the likes. We are all so alike in so many ways, while being effected by biases and preferences brought about by our surroundings. Maybe that’s what the underlying message to this diatribe is, and french fries represent that story. 

 

Potatoes are indiginous to the South American continent, yet they’re consumed world wide. The French are credited with a specific version of cooking them in fat called frying. That technique is also enjoyed globally by hundreds of various cultures. All of this happened over an extended period of time only because humans that were inquisitive and eager to meet, exchange, and accept other humans stories of adaptation occurred. We see around us each and every day so many aspects of our lives that evolved in similar fashion. Not always through peaceful means, but accepted somehow nevertheless. Judgement by individuals or groups of individuals is all that separate any of us today. Commodotizing other humans stories became the byproduct of social and cultural development after the rise of ideology through religious and empirical development. Modern understanding and technology have diminished the demand for such primitive ways of thinking, yet billions of people remain trapped by those antiquated beliefs. Fear is still preached via the manifesto of isolation and scarcity from ideological leaders tightly grasping the stupidity of our past ignorance. We know better today, yet far too few actually realize the benefits of how much better all of humanity could be. 

 

Just as with those inquisitive adventurers discovering the nutritional value of the potatoes, and all the other adventurous souls following behind them to deliver so many of us today this thing we know as the fench fry. I strive to seek the things in other cultures and societies that lift my life to a greater understanding of everyone. Unshackled from the dogmatic notion I am more or less than anyone else because of where and when I was born. Preservation of ideological traits is the anchor of the past, and retards growth and development for all of us. Imperial aspirations segregated humans far more than the advancements for the very few. The next time you sit down with a serving of french fries, consider the sharing and acceptance supporting their presence in your life. Then dip them in whatever your favorite accompanying sauce may be, and realize how that preference can be shared to unfold a greater benefit to everyone by sharing its joy rather than hiding its existence... 

 

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