…ur lives, that evidence is mistakes. A mistake falsifies a prior assumption and is, thus, valuable. Unlike a successfully cultivated behavior that may or may not lead you where you want to go, a mistake gives you a single, raw point of actual data as to what not to do. Mistakes make you think.
It’s like looking at an iceberg through a telescope. You only see what’s on the surface, but it’s a focused picture, so you think you’ve seen everything. It’s confusing specificity for completeness. With habits, there is no completeness.
If we as a society want to advocate for a certain type of food system, we can’t get there by ceding the knowledge gained through cooking to the packaged food companies and chefs who we’ve outsourced our diets to. To engage with the food system at large, we need to cook.