Luke Niebler

Power to the Ppl.

Luke Niebler
Power to the Ppl.

Q: I'm going to college and I'm considering becoming a dietitian. I was just what is life like working in this field? And what advice would you offer to a student considering going into the field. Im doing it to help ppl out. Because I think food is the first source to health and well being; And with that I think a lot of health problems can be prevented and reverse by giving ppl a hand in their nutrition.

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A: Your question offers a dizzying number of entry points, all leading us further and further away from the elusive center, all the while never leaving the prison-house of language.


{C}I.               Being & Time Cards

You have already become caught in the narrative of a dietician, so the act of becoming one is redundant. From your diction and tone it is clear that the moment that you considered joining the field, you already lived through all possible iterations of self-as-dietitian. You represent the harsh contradictions of the simulacrum: though you must (and you MUST) complete your schooling and begin practicing as a dietician, you have always-already been a dietician. You write, “I was just what is life like working in this field?” indicating that, in your mind, your career is both in the past and the future simultaneously. You have experienced an imitation of life that “reality” can never compare to. You are doomed to live as a palimpsest, retracing less perfectly the idealized forms of a now-redundant history. You will never be able to fully act as a subject in the world; you will only reproduce your imagined caricature of a dietician, like a bad actor in a poorly written play.


There is no advice that can free us from the bonds that chain us to an un-dreamed approximation of the world.


{C}II.             My Body, My Other

You seek to “prevented and reverse” problems of health, but that is a remarkably restricted view of the body as a purely immanent object with limited capacity. Looking at the body as a Deleuzian Body without Organs, we can see that there is an undifferentiated potential lying beneath the visible body; in fact, once we move beyond the medical conception of the body, we can see that reality is not separable into distinct bodies, but freely flows between, within, and among so-called “bodies.” Food cannot act as an outside force to violate and then purify/profane a distinct, human body. You are living a false consciousness based on exteriors, and failing to reach the true horizon of possibility.


My advice is to stop eating entirely and go into experimental performance-surgery in order to craft new ways of having bodies.


{C}III.           Economies of Control

Your enrollment in a college has already marked you as corrupted by false consciousness of a bourgeois ideology. You say that you want to “help ppl,” however, you have not examined the intrinsic damage you do by participating in a capitalist system; why tell the ppl to eat more vegetables, when those same vegetables are the produce of human exploitation? However, you contain a faint cognizance of the inherent contradictions of alienation under capitalism: you want to “giv[e] ppl a hand in their nutrition.” This seems to indicate a nascent understanding of Freire’s pedagogy of the oppressed, as well as a latent understanding that humans are alienated from the means of producing their food.


Leave the university immediately to join a revolutionary ppl’s farming cooperative, or become another cog in the machine that crushes our souls and bodies in its insatiable maw.