Defecation and Civilization

There was an old play called “Steamroom” a version of which played on PBS thirty or more years ago. One line I remember vividly was Bill Bixby saying “I’m really not interested in hearing about your bowel movements!”

Decline at In Mala Fide has posted about his, reporting his experience with the paleo diet. And yet defecation is in truth an interesting subject, for what it says about civilization.

People have been obsessed with bowel movements for all recorded history. In some ancient Egyptian book of medicines, some large portion are laxatives. People have wanted to crap better for a long time.

And yet recorded history, is agricultural history. Egypt was one of the first wheat-based societies. Decline reports he craps better without eating wheat; and yet this is the opposite of commonly accepted knowledge. The Egyptians, eating all those “healthy whole grains” and fiber, should have been crapping great.

A modern example of crap obsession is the breakfast cereal, invented by Kellogg supposedly as a health food to improve bowel functioning. The idea that grain is good for you and meat bad is fairly old. In Kellogg’s case it can be attributed to the loopy doctrines of Seventh Day Adventism. On a more sinister level, grain farmers have huge power in the US and promoting an unhealthy diet based on grain is in their economic interests, and anything that promotes both the economic interests of the powerful and the cultural beliefs of the elite is going to be taken as straight from the mouth of God.


About thrasymachus33308

I like fast cars, fast women and southern-fried rock. I have an ongoing beef with George Orwell. I take my name from a character in Plato's "Republic" who was exasperated with the kind of turgid BS that passed for deep thought and political discourse in that time and place, just as I am today. The character, whose name means "fierce fighter" was based on a real person but nobody knows for sure what his actual political beliefs were. I take my pseudonym from a character in an Adam Sandler song who was a obnoxious jerk who pissed off everybody.
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2 Responses to Defecation and Civilization

  1. Who’s this “Decline” fellow, and why’s he taking credit for my posts?

  2. Robert Cheeks says:

    This is some serious shit.

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