Honestly people, let’s admit it. A lot of us are scared to eat sushi.
Not because it has teeth and looks like it will attack us. Not because we have a prejudice against the Japanese. Not because we think it will taste gross. But because of the RAW FISH!
“Surgeon general’s warning: consuming raw or undercooked meat may cause illness, serious illness, critical illness, or DEATH!!!”
Okay. So with this ubiquitous warning in mind, I pose the Q: Why do we eat raw fish with vinegar-soaked-rice?
…You know, a lot of things endanger our health daily. We drive cars (Google the stats, people. Come on, seriously), we ride on planes (No explanation needed), we cross the road (Again, no explanation necessary), we walk down stairs (“I’ve got a good idea: Let’s hurl our bodies down a set of sixteen consecutive cliffs!”), we get out of bed (you know how many people hurt themselves rolling out of bed?!), we eat eggs (which might have salmonella!), we drink water (which may have an amoeba!), etcetera, etcetera. Some people even go sky diving! :-0 (P.S. This last item just may have the least chance of killing you. Btw. Interesting fact.)
But when it comes to raw fish, there’s this sort of stigma that goes with it. “Ew, we can’t eat THAT! It’s RAW! Come ON people, SERIOUSLY!!!”
But dontcha think, just maybe, if it were poisonous, people would stop eating it after all these years?!
When the medicine people in the jungle tell you to go drink mud mixed with palm root to cure a headache, don’t you think they know what they’re doing? Of course they don’t have a PhD! They’ve lived in a jungle all their life!
Give him a little credit who has more experience than you.
Go for it.
P.S. I don’t endorse sushi, nor do I really recommend that you eat it. But it makes a dandy argument, and a spiffing blog post.
A paradox? Maybe. 🙂