Friday, 15 October 2010
Fast Food, Fast Words
Thank God for fast food. Really.
Getting food into me fast has kept me from crashing into bad moods and brain fog on more than one occasion. So I’m not bashing it as a general principle. Sometimes we need food now, without any planning or preparation on our part. And there it is on almost every street corner.
Fast food isn’t always junk food either, not anymore. The 2004 documentary Super Size Me played a big role in changing that. By sacrificing his own health to a 30 day experiment of eating MacDonald’s food only, the film maker Morgan Spurlock showed us all what junk food looks and feels like. Since then there has been change. Nutritional information is now available from Micky D’s, as well as from others further down the fast food chain. New menu items have been added with healthy options. Even whole new establishments have sprung up that do fast in a whole foods kind of way.
That said, if fast food becomes our steady diet, we lose more than we gain. Why? Not because of the food, but because it’s fast. Fast can become an addiction, just as much as food can. It might feed our bodies, but starve other parts of us.
The same is true with our words, too. Words are food–that’s one of the central points of this blog–and fast words have become part of our daily routine, too. Sometimes we need to exchange information in a hurry, but what happens when fast words becomes our regular diet?
That’s the thesis of Julie Lowe’s excellent article from the Christian Counseling and Education Foundation.
Read it slowly. Wholesome thoughts.