Some rough notes for my self-help book for cannibals
Preliminary titles: You Eat Potatoes, I Eat My Friend's Toes Sushi: The Gateway Food Food for Thought: Only Eat Smart People Eat Right for Your Blood Type (taken) Food Choices as Personal Insight (so far, my #1)
I learned a lot by observing cannibals in those remote jungles. It wasn't one big gross-out. People are people all around the world… some people just eat human flesh, and others eat Taco Bell. Admittedly a big difference, but we can still learn about the human condition by studying cannibals.
How you cook can tell you something about yourself. The idea that cooking is a lot like language is important to my theories, but how does that help people get at their deep-seated problems? Do they find themselves puréeing everything (perhaps a longing and nostalgia for the Gerber-fueled days of infancy)?
Everyone knows that going vegetarian is much healthier. I don't want to overplay the "cannibalism is incest" card, but how do I get people to eat less meat and have more appropriate family relationships without implying offensive and sordid activities?
Arguing that man will become happier if he becomes "one with nature" sounds hippy-dippy, but I do think that seeing nature as the enemy is just a bad attitude.
Can't believe the title Our Cannibals, Ourselves is already taken (see if that Priscilla Walton already snatched up the web address, too).
Could tap into the whole zombies trend (The Walking Dead!), but I'm not sure how that would help people—argue that we have all become automatons in a "dog-eat-dog" world? Discuss how desperate we are for human connection and how cannibalism is an "acting out" of this need to experience the presence of fellow man? After all, I did say: "The simplest way to identify with another is still to eat them" (source), so I can recycle some old material.
Could riff on the vampire craze, but that seems to be a trend on the wane. All that blood-sucking could serve the self-help angle by being a metaphor for super duper unhealthy relationships, though.
Have some serious thinking to do on what all this fast-food consumption has to do with self-help. People not cooking for themselves but eating buckets of trans fats could be a metaphor for self-loathing… suicide on the installment plan?