Being a father has really widened my vision to a healthier lifestyle and to get a better grasp of the food source available to us… Read More
Being a father has really widened my vision to a healthier lifestyle and to get a better grasp of the food source available to us. As our kids grow older, they are being bombarded by the fast-food industry and their lures with colors and prizes. They get ‘em young… and then you end up with someone like me in my late thirties who was raised on ’fast and cheap’. I’m supposed to be a prime example of “30s are the new 20s” but in reality, I’m more of the “30s are the new 40s” poster boy. My wife consistently reminds me that ‘fast and cheap’ isn’t always good, and should be eliminated completely from our diets. Having been raised in the 70’s and 80’s, diet and eating right wasn’t ever at the forefront of our minds. Hungry man, TV dinners, and all the fast-food chains combined sustained Generation X, my generation.
The fast-food industry may be lucrative because of its convenience and cheap prices but everything comes at a cost – our well-being. I don’t deny being a consumer of these chains. I only feel remorse after the last bite although being fully aware of the damage I’m causing during the consumption. Not only are these foods detrimental to our health, the repeated offense of the drive-thru is conditioning us to be lazy as a nation. We should be preparing home-cooked meals where we can control portions and ingredients.
I was inspired to marry this message with my rendition of the Pulitzer-Prize winning photo of a Vietcong being executed by a South Vietnamese General. If you’re not familiar with this controversial photograph, I implore you to look it up. In the piece, I decided to keep the bullet-proof vest on the shooter to symbolize the impenetrable and untouchable industries that have had a lethal affect on the well-being of our society. The real shooter, however not evident in the photo, is the good guy. He’s executing a Vietcong who has murdered and raped innocent people. In my rendition, “Dang” (the victim), as I’ve named him, is the Joe Public in the story.
I hope this piece evokes you in some way. Be more wary of all the ads and proximity of fast food restaurants around you… and then, look the other way. Dang! Read Less