Wednesday, October 26, 2016
  Bellyfeel = altered gut flora?

In Orwell's analytical essay on Newspeak he emphasizes the power of bellyfeel, as in Oldthinkers unbellyfeel Ingsoc.

Every cult and every addiction relies on developing bellyfeel. Your body WANTS AND NEEDS the essentials and accoutrements of the cult or addiction. When anything threatens the parasite you know how to toss the threat out of your mind.

I've seen this in myself as I moved into and out of hippieshit leftism, alcohol and tobacco. Each of those Ingsocs lasted about three years. [Seems to be my natural resonance for many types of attachments. Jobs, political views, habits, passions.]

During the attachment to hippieshit I was immune to logical arguments against leftist views. During the attachment to alcohol I paid no attention to the alcohol-induced suicides and deaths of ancestors. During the attachment to tobacco I was immune to noticing that my blood pressure was achieving orbital altitude. Each of these Ingsocs ended rather quickly and undramatically, with an awakening. Just like waking from a dream into reality.

New thought: The cults of alcohol and tobacco obviously pivot on a specific chemical that grabs the brain and gut. That's easy.

How about political addictions? Orwell wasn't thinking along these lines, but bellyfeel implies a change in the gut flora, AND his dictatorship had a definite set of non-standard foods. Victory coffee, victory chocolate, victory beef, etc. He didn't foresee retronyming, but the point remains: Ingsoc foods were not the same as pre-Ingsoc foods. [More proof: Top Party officials, who had to see outside of Ingsoc in order to enforce it more effectively, ate non-Victory food.]



Hippieshit certainly requires an entirely distinct diet. Most LONG-LASTING religions have specific dietary subtractions and substitutions.

Traditional Judaism and Catholicism are microbially specific, using unleavened bread and wine during ceremonial periods. Explicitly altering the yeast balance.

Denominations that don't specify food changes don't hold onto their believers as long.

How about the most important attachment? "A loaf of bread, a glass of wine, and thou." "The way to a man's heart is through his gut microbiome." If Wifey's cooking differs from Mom's cooking in yeast and fermentation, does the marriage last longer? Seems like a subject worth studying, but I don't see any evidence of research, even from the decades before feminism exterminated civilization.

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Later: The connection is visible via kimchi, a strongly fermented food with strong addictive qualities, belonging to a still-functional civilization. The correlation seems to be reversed from my guess.

[Wife's Fermentation = Mom's Fermentation] -> Good Marriage.

Makes more sense than my hypothesis.

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And morer laterer: Maybe the modern hippieshits have a point with their worries about GMO. Their assumption that GMO is directly harmful is likely wrong (though NOT yet proved wrong!)... but the addiction factor may be a real problem. If your innards get accustomed to picking up the genes and chemistries of the GMO, you will reject non-GMO without knowing why.

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