On Blogging: What’s really important?
Whatever I write here is of little consequence when considering the Iranian people’s use of blogs, Twitter, Face Book to help let the rest of us know what is going on in their country. The Daily Show has recently reported on Iran – remarkably portraying Iranian’s awareness of the rest of the world and their compelling passion for American ideals. Barak Obama’s carefully crafted comments seem to me gauged to help shield pro-Democratic, pro-western, and particularly pro-American Iranians as targets of the Mullahs’ anger about the protests to the irregular election.
Lately my blogs have concerned the lives of our animals. I haven’t dealt with issues concerning the environment, health, and well being that dominate the newsletter we hand to our guests when they check-in. I haven’t felt compelled to write in these areas – due to lack of real interest in so many of the people that are coming to the Inn. Many are interested – the “choir” as it were
- there are some who question our restaurant and ask why The Ravens’ is vegan and give it a try. And there are far more who are uninterested or demonstrably annoyed by our “greenness.” Many people won’t stay because our amenities are costly and we are slightly more expensive than other inns – our food costs are two to three times that of inns buying standard commercial products; we have a heated salt-water pool enclosed in a heated greenhouse, we have extensive gardens, offer organic, house made desserts at Afternoons at the Inn. The average cost per guest is $20 per breakfast!
We recently provided complimentary accommodations to a travel writer. The writer had requested dinner at the inn and walked in declaring, “we are carnivores and don’t understand the food.” The staff sensed this statement to be ridicule not a joke. Perhaps they -we- are oversensitive. But we gave them information, spoke with them, providing opportunities for them to ask us to explain the cuisine. The point, and they didn’t get it, is that the only sustainable diet is a whole food vegan diet and our job is to help make this diet accessible – easy to prepare, and a joy to eat.
I am whining about the lack of awareness of some of our guests and a writer. In the meantime, some news casts are covering the separation of Jon and Kate, who apparently have eight young children, and some very fine people have been killed or jailed in Iran. But just because these events are mentioned in the same paragraph, they are not equal.
Perhaps if we, I, can maintain perspective our, my, life will be less conflicted – i.e., no upset regarding guests and writers who don’t get what we are about. It isn’t important, except of course, with regard to oil. The American (and, for that matter, European and others) addiction to an animal based diet in part creates the context leading to the death of Iranian students on the streets of Tehran. Nearly half of all energy used is in the service of the production of animals for food – beef, fish, pigs, chicken. The American presence in the Middle East is a direct result of our need to control the flow of oil and our presence intimidates much of the leadership in the area.