Culture is often defined as “what is normal for any group of people.” I’ve spent a great deal of my life traveling, and love hanging out with all kinds of people all over the world. But, culture is not simply defined by ones ethnicity or location on the globe. What is normal is often defined by one’s profession.
For most of my professional career I served as a minister in the American church world. However, all that changed on June 1, 2010 when I went full time with Eden and became an official stamped on the butt cheek USDA environmentalist. Man oh man has life ever changed! One of the more ovservable changes is my weight, which is to say I’ve dropped about 20 pounds already. So, what does that have to do with culture?
It’s so strange to write this, but it is pretty much accepted that pastor types tend to be chubby – and I was chubby. (Chubby is the politically correct term for, “Dang! You a fat boy!”) But after nearly two years of hanging with the eco-crowd the weight is magically peeling off through proper diet and exercise. Why the change in tonnage? Well, it’s not really culturally acceptable to be a chubby bunny environmentalist. I’m not sure why, but “thin is in” with the nature oriented crowd. So, there you have it.
Please know that it is not my intention to upset anymore. I am simply making a personal life observation. However, if this blog really ticks you off – go to the confessional and make it all good. Then consider dropping a few pounds. The world will be a lighter place.