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This Is™ Humility

Preface and Rationale - by Andrew Wiguna

Beyond philosophy, science and economics, my interest surrounds both the understanding and reflections on Nutrition. Beyond perceiving nutrition as "food"; to merely sustain our means of living. But as a compartmentalised symbiosis; to "Interpretation" itself.  

Beyond sustenance - Nutrition also represents how well we filter, digest and most importantly interpret relatively to our needs & concerns with contexts. From any or all incoming influences, thoughts, ideologies, and politics.

My challenge and overall voice of concern is to argue the excess, hierarchic paternalism amidst everything we follow and told as the supposedly “solution”, towards all that of our current sociological and health turbulences. Metabolic syndromes, mental illnesses, social depravity, to name a few. Despite incessant conformities to institutionalised methods be it pharmaceutical interventions or societal re-correction services - a crisis of confusions and futile outcomes still somehow persist.

One “clue” however, remains dormant and begs to to be reconciled at an individual level. I documented and propose as such - stems from that of our own biological measures at re-interpreting what "enough” means.

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Through my own turbulent years of self-accounting of the above observations - inevitably channelled to the establishment of my conceptual trademark & branding initiative - "This Is™ Humility". First originated as personal observation insights, years accumulatively back since 2012. Within this project I assert and promote inner convictions out of one’s ability at surviving with less confusions objected; by disciplining and redefining one’s own consumptive habits of resources.

This required self experimenting unorthodox nutritional (“digesting”, “surveying” & “interpreting”) various principles, experiences, influences, and dogmas. All the way to questioning and reading amidst all the fine lines of epidemiological advices or of empirical “correctness”.

What is “enough” for one human being, likely differs against another’s interpretation. Hence, a crisis of confusion thus persisted from all the above over competitive (and combative) hierarchy for “correctness”; irrespective of individuality.

The origin of such confusion can only be traced back to one overall hierarchy whom we must question. The very Institution/s we ourselves have blindingly placed all our faith & trust for survival.

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What is wrong with our current institutions? 

All Institutions believe that condensing every complex subjectivities into just a handful of objectivist criterias - ensures fairer survival and prolonging of the human race.

Governances and/or Institutions are derived out of collectivist opinions of a “Few” at policing linear “correctness” - upon the however infinitely (& subjectively) growing “Many”.

Binary semantics “Good” or “Bad” remain as their codex. Once their presence, as law or dogma permeates through early education and as “religion” - an exercise in Unsolicited Advices persists in the name of so called “faith” and/or quantified “willpower”. In face of helplessness, an individual deemed as not “good" enough”? Is simply told to do "more". Still not enough? Then blame it all on "Willpower". Still not good enough? The victim inevitably will likely be compared to a lesser circumstance, then instructed to follow all what "famous" or "successful" survivors do. Hence; further perpetuating fellowship of correctness, through Survivorship Biases.

Today we are instilled so convincingly; that everything can be “solved” through what is known as practising "Common Sense". If "Common Sense" is the first and last word for cure or "panacea" to quell every human ill or resentment - how well are we doing so far through such paternalism? Sociological "inequality", political gender "inequalities", pathological metabolic syndromes, premature mortality, depression, mental illnesses, suicides, obesity, to Structural Violence - all continues persisting symptomatically.

When all else “fails” - institutions finally step in by structural force. Condemnation and isolation of such symptoms - through “fixations”.

Institutions prescribe such solutions; egoistically so by attempting to override Nature’s side effects. If one's complex sociological circumstances refuses to “cooperate”” harmoniously with every-said "therapies", or that dangerous physiological implications persists from taking "SSRI anti-depressants, "Proton Pump Inhibitors", “Adderals”, Xanax's, Zoloft, Rivastatins, Antibiotics, Antipsychotics, then individual instincts have never been more correct. It is each and every one of these myopic solution/s themselves that causes all such dubious outcomes.

After all, what is there for a patient to do? We have to submit our subserviences (and “patience”) whilst all side effects must be shouldered ourselves. For they, dear Institutions - do not care - if those side effects persist. Institutionalised methodology (or "prescriptions") after all only concerns idealistic outcomes, at all cost. Further at an isolated level whilst remaining at total disconnect to everything else surrounding a patient's (or case / victims) physiological contexts.

"Rehabilitation" or "RE-corrections" therefore is not overly different - from imprisonment. After all - "fixing" a problem is much akin - to only FIXATE and IMMOBILISE such symptoms of a problem. Each in perfect - isolation.


It is only logical therefore I propose - that an Individual filtering of what he/she ingests or consumes - is ultimately needed for biologically interpreting what enough means; beneath all this combative, rather than cooperative - Gospels drilled into our minds, hearts and throats.

We inevitably have to ask ourselves two daring questions:

  • Could "simplicity" or “common sense”, as advised through institutional subservience - masks a complex irony in and of itself?

  • Is it thus not up to us to individually decide whether to become statistical followers or explorers - of our own Authenticity?

I have written a book to proclaim such a need for that individual reconciliation of what “enough” means. Not out of theology, but of biological authenticity stemming from how we qualitatively redefine our realm of “consumption”.

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HUMILITY THROUGH FRUGALITY™

My book - is an attempt addressing all the above complex concerns within the realm of “Nutrition”; as the last unadmitted confounder behind every existing state of sociological & physiological declines.  With all the research as best curated today on realms of nutrition, sociology and economics - an intuitive encouragement for all to exercise self-resilience amidst embracing episodical nutrient and resource scarcities. To attest and question our Authenticities amidst the meeting of our objectivities.

Beyond understanding Cyclical Ketogenic interventions, Intermittent Fasting, or the need for tracking resource consumptions / longevity analysis, to name a few. However disastrous or inhumane this need for reductionism suggests - such path is the only re-conditioning instinct/s which sadly lies dormant within all readers themselves. All that follows after all, lies at the reader’s own decision to whether remain as a Pedestrian Follower or to embark their own Self-Authenticity for a change - as Authentic Explorer.

I implore nonetheless that any “solution” be however convincingly expressed as such from reading this Book; is never to be taken as a gospel for all. It is neither a totalitarian subscription to “starvation” nor is it myopic adherence to any one (1) nutritional protocol. It implores a redefining of “Science” - as an individual, subjective variable book of interpretations, never as closed or linear - objective conclusions.

Beyond, I also dispel the misguided notion/s of what “Humility” truly means. Beyond idealistic moral virtuosity, charity, “Religion” or Societal "modesty". But rather - a biological level of understanding and interpreting of what "enough" means as feedback loop from outside factors (sociology, scarcity) and into our own physiology (body and mind).

FORMAT 

All sections of the book is entirely written in a format of Questions Meet Answers - as opposed to lengthy thesis-like academic formality. Because all Questions promote gentle curiosities; upon which such an answer is more practically fulfilled through one answer in one (1) context. At a time.

I have never considered myself as an accomplished writer or author; my grammatical expressions therefore is likely never immune from criticism. Striving inbetween writing style/s to that of Sincerity, Stern and Contemplative - this book is anything but commercially toned, nor is it deservedly fitting on a coffee table. Nor is it all about sensational or delightful "recipes".

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NUTRITIONAL HUMILITY™

Any "Facts" is only as "valid" as how it is biologically "interpreted".

I implore that "Science"; beyond just an academia pursuit - is NEVER about defining objectivity conclusions. My book does not end simply as alternatives sitting next to many others on nutrition or self-help "advices". It can be thought of also as a philosophical resource at tying together all of the above concerns into this one visual philosophical / identity I designed and branded as - "Nutritional Humility™."   An intellectual identity, a nutritive philosophy towards encouraging an outcome I devise as - "NUTRITIVE INDIVIDUALISATION".

All nutritive dogmas, beliefs, or paradigms bearing even a single word of "healthy" are inevitably overly egoistic and idealised, and subjective in their degrees of replicable Correctness. Thus all things we receive, consume - can only be assessed by its implicit usefulness, and its relevances dictated by the recipient’s varying degrees of CONTEXTS and his/her imposingly variable INTERPRETATIONS; through genomics, physiology and socio-economics confounders.

Hence Nutritive Individualisation = CONTEXTS + INTERPRETATIONS. This philosophy encourages the very main goal behind my book itself - to exercise, explore and instigate towards individual & biological authenticity of ownership - at redefining what enough means.

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NO “LIKES” OR “SUBSCRIPTIONS” NECESSARY

The last if yet most surprising aspect of this entire branding initiative; is its absence of encouraging “likes” or “subscriptions” to its own channel. Ever since its online presence back in 2015 bears an unchanged tagline deep within the disclaimers: “Subscriptions” and/or “Likes” are optional.

Arguably, this project is the very first of its kind at honestly proclaiming itself to be the anti thesis of social media “marketing”.

“Anti-thesis”- I assert in a way that we must truly question the meaningfulness behind all “numbers”. We live in an overly competitive correctness hierarchy; instrumentalised and quantified by “likes” disguised through numerics. I argue that our such present paradigm equate frivolous and uncooperative rewarding of human civility. Instead, genuine comments of positivity and thanksgiving, in earnest evidence through writing - are much more authentic over arithmetic and anonymity “votes” alone.

Admittedly nevertheless, “recognition” out of one’s efforts and academia endeavours is indeed an important fabric of freedom-of-speech. Yet how ironic is it that Institutions and powers-that-be decide and prioritise what is predictively populist? By mathematical algorithms that automatically decide, through “numbers” alone - to dictate what gets shown, and what gets muted?

Hence, I propose since the very origins of this project intent - is the “Live-It-Forward” model. Beyond “Pay-It-Forward”.


LINKS / WHERE TO FIND THIS PROJECT

I hereby invite all visitors to witness my Blog as well as that of the connected Google+ Page This Is Humility™ I regularly maintain and posts much of my share of thoughts; all as tied under my parent branding initiative website that I have solely produced and designed (thisis-humility.com.au). 

Further comprised also of the motion graphic featurette videos I myself created, recorded, edited and produced - all these efforts;  which are solely funded with no external help - I'd be sincerely pleased and grateful to hear any feedbacks and comments to all my endeavours within this branding initiative.

Andrew Wiguna / AW™
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