Coming down off the medication from my back surgery and looking for something to watch (having finished the entire series of NCIS), Netflix was kind enough to recommend a few documentaries.
I started with Fed Up, which opened my eyes to the corruption in the food industry. I didn’t know the history of the “low fat diet” craze that started in the late 70’s, which led to replacing fat in our processed foods with sugar. I also didn’t know that our livers convert sugar to fat, and refined sugar gets converted almost immediately to fat. I also didn’t know sugar was more addictive than cocaine.
Having the false perception shattered that our government monitors these things and protects us from evil-doers, I wondered what else Netflix had in store with their mind altering documentaries. I’ve shared them on a separate page so you can easily share them with your friends:
It took me several months to watch all of these (plus a few others), and collectively they had a huge impact on my worldview and Amelia’s, by proxy.
Before, I thought our country was the greatest nation on earth. I thought our government was basically good. I thought it was protecting us from harm. I thought it was keeping an eye on corporations to make sure they don’t get too far out of control. I thought the war on terror and the war on drugs were legitimate causes worth fighting.
Now I realize that our government has been complicit in the rape and pillage of not only the American citizens, but even more-so, the citizens of other nations. Our government has worked hand-in-hand with large corporations to pass laws and commit horrific atrocities at home and around the world to benefit their bottom lines while padding the pockets of corrupt politicians…at the expense of the people’s and the planet’s wellbeing.
This is now the world we live in. A world ruled by greed and corruption, fueled by fear and ignorance. This is not a world Amelia nor I wish to fully embrace, so we’re doing our part to protest by limiting our contribution to it.