Be in the world but not of it. That old Sufi proverb was an article of faith in Boulder. We were the chosen ones, not of this world. Disguised as ordinary humans but of a superior breed, we were the saviors of the world. Recently that phrase came back to me, and as I pondered it I came to see that it's a good description of how I live now. Not how I lived in Boulder.
I am not of the world of alcohol. Every part global culture is saturated with alcohol. So much so, there's no dry ground left to stand on; it's all soaked with booze. Everyone considers drinking a normal desirable part of life except people in AA, and they're no fun. Even some doctors rally round the booze flag: a little booze is good for you! Yeah right. If you want to do good solid science about the effects of drinking you have to follow drinkers and nondrinkers through decades, preferably whole lifetimes. Of course that's not realistic, and the powers that be in alcohol would shoot it down before it got off the ground. Nobody wants to know about the real effects of alcohol on human beings. Pro tip: never trust pro-alcohol "science" from someone who drinks; that's like accepting "evidence" of racial superiority from a racist. More fundamentally, you can't do good science about people; that's way past what science can do. So you do some proxy science about cells and chemicals and hope no one notices it's not about the bewilderingly complex systems known as people. My theoretical understanding of why alcohol's nasty is solid, and my anecdotal evidence against alcohol is irrefutable: I am so delighted to be without it.
I am not of the world of food service. I cook my food at home. To the extent practical I use only whole natural ingredients. I don't go to restaurants, don't get takeout, and avoid prepared food if I can come up with a home made version. I provide no support for the food service industry, not because I have anything against the industry, but because I like what I make at home a lot better. I've studied food and cooking all my life, and under the guidance of my wisdom I've created a very specific, constantly developing diet for myself. I'm the only one who can cook the food I like, the food that provides a foundation for making progress with love. A foundation for me in particular. I would not recommend my diet for anyone else. I don't know what it takes for anyone else to make progress; I just know about me.
I am not of the world of social media. I was naive enough to let FB access my contacts. Lots of folks I didn't want to have anything to do with got the automated friend requests from me. I've learned a lot since then. My dislike of social media is a lot older than social media. I don't like debate, discussion and the airing of views; to me that's all crap, a complete waste of time. I feel the same way about any kind of meeting. Great things are done by individual people, not work groups, task forces, legislative bodies, or anything resembling a committee. Committees create crap.