but when i had read the article, and pretty much knew this was the guy that had been interviewed in the “Eat This!’ episode [s1e11] of Penn & Teller’s: Bullshit. that interview stuck with me because this man did so much good for the world. so very much.
i distinctly remember an argument with my last gf, more than a year ago, a dinner conversation where we talked about vegetarian motivations. eventually the convo swung arond to GMOs and she had an adamant point of view about the subject, the POV that they are “evil franken-foods” and we “dont know what the effects are”. i tried to cite this interview with Borlaug and say that it seemed silly to be so adamantly against GMO produce for the sake of it. she came across vehemantly polarized, and i wasn’t able to articulate myself, and got frustrated.
i remember feeling really angry because [at the time] i respected her for how smart she is, but could not see why she wouldn’t do anything but spout rhetoric, instead of have an adult conversation about it. i remember that it really turned me off wanting anything to do with her “green-ness” and “crunchy hippie ways”. is it really that hard to have a conviction about something and not fall into a rhetorical stereotype?
i guess it takes effort. it’s easy to think you’re done. you’re all there, and not have to spend any more effort. well, you do. you have to keep learning, and keep challenging yourself and keep holding that vigilence.
and i didn’t even need a master’s degree to figure that out.