Monday, April 30, 2018

Couch Potatoes Anonymous

You may be a vegetarian or even like vegetables, but you don’t want to turn into one. With robots or bots as they’re called becoming ascendant there's a tendency to try to compete with expeditious mechanical objects that exude no discernible affect. Even robots possessing a high degree of A.I. have a vegetative affect, to the extent that they experience highs or lows. Computer generated voice recognition systems and robo callers all get the job done, but there's a lack of the kind of emotion that makes for a memorable experience.  The recent e coli scare with regard to romaine lettuce should put people on guard ("E. Coli Outbreak Tied to Romaine Lettuce Expands to Sixteen States," NYT, 4/19/18) Vegetables are not all that their cracked up to be. Sure a vegetable is a living thing but it doesn’t cluck like a chicken, moo like a cow or oink like a pig and when all is done and masticated, you end up imbibing a lower level experience. Edamame does not produce the silence of lambs. Ersatz meats that are made from tofu do not elicit that famous Wendy's “where’s the beef? that produces the Robert Ringer Looking Out for #1 kind of feeling. A couch potato doesn’t appear out of nowhere. He or she is the product of eating too many carbohydrates.

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