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Do you love fry bread? Sometimes they sell it at fairs and carnivals, not unlike an elephant ear or a funnel cake. It’s a delicious bit of flat dough fried in grease and sprinkled with sugar or jam. It is a Native American delicacy or rather an adaptation, a survival food, the food of forced marches, famines, and lock downs on reservations. Plainly speaking when they were no longer allowed to roam around and hunt and buffalo were growing scarce, the government gave people rations to help keep them from starving, basically just lard and flour. Fry bread is the end result.

In my part of the world fry bread is related to Native Americans but you see a similar thing all across the world in various cultures. India has their own versions, as do the aboriginals in Australia. Once again, fry bread is always the end result.

The end result of what? Human nature, oppression and greed, poverty and control. We’re all eating our fry bread now.

With all dark humor here, but fried bread dough is an opiate of the masses, designed to keep people complacent. It doesn’t just prevent starvation, it is also comfort food and physiologically, it is actually addictive. It spikes your blood sugar, provides almost no nutritional value at all, and makes you even more hungry in the long run. It’s also hard on your brain so you can’t think as well. It’s how you fatten up cattle and likely people, too.

Hey, at least in India, Native Americans, and the Aboriginals of Australia, all got some lard to go with it. Lard helps to mitigate some of the harm and delay the consequences. In modern America we decided lard was bad for you, so we’ve now spent a good half century going “fat free” and becoming twice as unhealthy, even faster.

So what makes fry bread so sad is that people actually were once healthy. This place of good health once existed. Just a few generations back the leading cause of death in many places was accidents, fights, and old age. People were much healthier, their physical quality of life was much better. You actually had to go out, “get yourself killed.” Today we simply suffer from type 2 diabetes, metabolic disorders, obesity, heart disease, cancer, depression, addiction, alzheimers, you name it. The vast majority of these modern diseases that cause so much suffering (even among young people today) are totally man made. Just 30 years ago, type 2 diabetes in children was completely unheard of. It didn’t even exist as a disease at all.

That is why fry bread carries with it so much sadness. It tells a story that many of us still refuse to hear, one we don’t even realize is crying out to us. The story of fry bread is also a tale that makes me rethink things in a philosophical context, re-examine the odd juxtaposition between freewill and fate, and perhaps on some level the to revisit the notion of a collective morality, or a collective immorality, if you prefer.

I really like how CS Lewis said, β€œThe bad psychological material is not a sin but a disease. It does not need to be repented of, but to be cured.…….Some of us who seem quite nice people may, in fact, have made so little use of a good heredity and good upbringing that we are really worse than those whom we regard as fiends.……All sorts of nice things which we thought our own, but which were really due to a good digestion, will fall off some of us: all sorts of nasty things which were due to complexes or bad health will fall off others. We shall then, for the first time, see every one as he really was. There will be surprises.”