What Is Crunchy
What Crunchy Is Not
When I tell others about what I am doing or changing some of them get the wrong message. I simply want to share what I’m learning about. However, often times they take it to mean that I must think that what they are doing (if it’s not what I’m doing) must be the wrong decision.
Ugh. Have we not learned that just because one person does one thing doesn’t mean it’s the correct way for everyone else? Now granted I believe there are some areas that are absolutes; murder for an extreme example. I don’t see that as a “right for me but not for you”. It’s an absolute wrong. However, there are other things that just aren’t so black and white. For example, vegetarian or omnivore; I don’t think there’s anything necessarily wrong with vegetarianism (as long as it’s done right) but that doesn’t mean I’m giving up my steak! More importantly, just because somebody does something different, it doesn’t mean that they are looking down on everyone who does not follow the same practices. Crunchy people are not self-righteous snobs, at least they shouldn’t be. Generally they are just zealous about their way of life and what they have learned and thus they love to share what they have found out.
Crunchy is also not an all or nothing lifestyle. There is no one on earth that is 100% completely crunchy. There is no crunchy nirvana that crunchies strive to obtain. Crunchy is a progress and it’s a varied progress at that. What’s one crunchy person’s goals might not be another crunchy person’s goal. People have their own ideal crunchy life in mind and even that ideal will probably change over time. For example, I would have never imagined that I would cloth diaper but yet here I am cloth diapering and loving it. It was never my goal but as I researched, I learned about it.
I believe it’s all the researching that makes crunchy lifestyles a never-ending progress. Things change, new toxins are discovered, products are made better, and this is why there is no end point in crunchy. Think about lead, one hundred years ago nobody thought it was toxic; nobody avoided it. Now we know better and we avoid it, get tested for it, and some go through detox because of it. It’s not that the lead was not toxic one hundred years ago, it’s just that we have gotten better at researching and now know better.
I hope this has given you a better understanding of what being crunchy is all about. I hope that you also have come away with the understanding that being crunchy is not an all or nothing lifestyle. Nor are we some group of holier-than-thou’s. Being crunchy is simply about searching for a healthy way to live.