I like the thrust of this, but there’s one problem:
You just described my work day (four morning coffees, running down the street to get lunch, falling asleep in the afternoon, watching bad TV before bed, having the lullaby “I should have done X instead” sing you to sleep)…
and I work at a tech company.
This is an important critique of the “clean-eating” movement. Thank you for writing it.
Of course we all want to (and should) eat cleaner. But this can be taken to a counter-productive extreme — the people in the responses who deny that are denying reality.
This is very, very real, and thank you for writing about it.
I think we’re better living in a world where corporations are at least trying, even if they’re trying too hard, or a little off the mark, to say “we stand with marginalized groups.” This is a big part of how we bring those groups out of, well, marginality. It’s ultimately a good thing, if a bit hilarious.
I’m not a parent but I have the same question.
The next step in this conversation feels like, “how can you be a good parent in light of the fact that you’re tragically human — because being a marble slab of emotional perfection will never be a pre-req to having kids?”
Sorry, you may have missed the conclusion. One of the major points I try to make here is that I like that people who come here seeking a better life — they’ve benefitted me greatly — and generally no one blames them for overcrowding.
I’m only trying to contradict the people who hate Californians for moving into other states…
This entire essay was timed to be a commercial for Prop 10 in the November California General Election. Prop 10 would have allowed communities and local politicians to more freely establish custom rent control needs. I was in huge support of it. I timed the release of this article for it. California shot it down.
But, that’s a whole other essay, I think…