the New Puritanism era
In Hebrew mythology, there is a very strict code about what is clean and unclean. Besides clean and unclean animals, there were clean and unclean people.
For example, women at menstruation. They were considered unclean. Or lepers. Or if you were touching a dead animal, you had to shout “unclean” so that the people would mark you and avoid you. They were still clean and unclean Citadels where unclean people were isolated. There is also a hand washing ritual.
What is happening today is a way to pass on these codes and behaviors. You are clean if you have not come in contact with a possible contaminant. You’re clean if you have a green passport to prove it. In clinical terms, we have become an obsessive-compulsive disorder. Every step of the way you are told how to wash your hands. You are clean if you pay for the cleansing ritual at the Temple, which is a complicated process and only initiates can offer it.
Of course, if it all comes down to human health, hygiene, then it wouldn’t be a problem. It’s just that we extrapolate our Puritanism in any field. We were all seduced by the puritanism of the fight against Pandemic and viruses spread. No one escapes the puritanism of the law. We are all condemnable!
We add this Puritanism to the idea of a green revolution. Every revolution started from a pure idea. Marxist socialism wanted to purify social classes. Nazism was a racist puritanism. Fascism was a national Puritanism. Now we want to purify the air. Here the new type Puritanism declares us all, unclean! By existing, you contaminate nature. You are guilty of producing carbon when you breathe. Here, too, we symbolically recognize what religion calls original sin.
Puritanism has found its ideal place in science in various forms. Through social, political and technical methods, we want to purify nature, to eradicate: pandemics, diseases, death, climate change, life, beliefs, absolutely everything. Not a bad thing per se . By what means? Using the totalitarian means does not excuse the good goals.
The Body as a Form of Ritual. The new Puritanism in food consumption. Anticipating the new era of agriculture philosophy.
To eat or not to eat, to consume certain foods or to consume others, beyond this dilemma, the act itself acquires more and more what was at the beginning, a moral act. I would say sacred, but as sacredness has been taken over today more and more by its rational and scientific side, I prefer to work with the term moral or ethical. Is there a question of morality when certain beings are sacrificed to be eaten?
Originally, food was worshiped by the gods. A tithe of all cultures was given and sacrifices were burned on the altar, precisely to thank the gods. Sacrificing and eating meat was a sacred act, and in some cultures only initiates were allowed to do so. His body was also seen as a Temple. Or as a sacred composition. The rituals of cannibalism were understood as primitivism, but they had a sacred function.
Well, with this little introduction I want to get to what is bothering us these days. Namely: Is eating a matter of morality? I noticed that more and more people feel guilty about what they eat. A slice of pizza with a lot of ham can be a decision between good and bad, as long as this decision brings a benefit to the body. But here, the body itself has become a cult, an ideal and a form of religiosity.
The symbol of the body as a Temple. This body is a sacred place, so you have a moral responsibility to take care of it. Thus, many people imposed themselves, without knowing that behind those rational arguments are actually hidden some rites and a desire for purification identical to that of the initiator, they forced themselves not to consume sugar, for example. Or meat. Or the most pious of them do not consume anything processed or second-hand, raw.