Salt 🧂 | 48

In this edition we talk about how I’m discovering the fascinating history of salt and how books like this are a good indicator that the history monopoly of government schools might be replaced by the history that’s more meaningful to the rest of us.

Salt: A History


music by Dyalla Swain


hello and welcome to parking thought the
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curiosity meet gratitude my name is
Jacob and I’m glad you’re here today in
this edition we’re going to be talking
about salt history food food in general
history again a little bit of salt and
kind of tie all these things together
because I’m reading an absolutely
interesting book and now I don’t have a
good format for doing a book review for
this podcast yet I never really had a
good format for doing a book review back
when this website was just a blog I
still did it though because there’s some
amazing things that I love to read and
learn and reading or listening to books
books are some of the best way for us to
encapsulate knowledge and transfer that
from the brain of one person to multiple
people and I was you know really
enjoying a lots of the books that I’ve
listened to and read and I do my book
reading mostly as an audiobook and so
I’ve got an audible subscription we can
talk about that later and it’s pretty
nice you know I can listen to to folks
as I go and if you own leave a link in
there in case you guys are curious about
audible because if you happen to do join
and you’re welcome to then I think I get
like % or something like that if you
did join audible so I’ll leave the link
to that in the notes but let’s talk
about what I’m learning not how I’m
learning it so I was watching again my
social media feeds are full of lots of
positive things right and it’s amazing I
don’t know why people complain about the
internet everything I read not
everything entirely but a lot of what I
read is really cool even if it might be
contentious at times I get excited about
it so one of the things that I consume
is the YouTube channel smarter every day
smarter every day is run by a NASA
engineer right who shares some various
insights with physics and other things
like that one of the recent videos he
did was he wanted to figure out how he
could get the record mechanically
speaking for the longest home run ever
and so he and a friend of his built a
robot that swung the bats around and
they were able to work this through and
it’s neat to see other people work
through their their challenges to get it
and now this is a visual thing so you
can see that you know we’ve talked
before in this podcast some of our
challenges are not visual so they don’t
make good YouTube videos and they might
not even make good audio for a good
audio podcast anyway at the end of their
he’s sponsored by audible and he
recommended a book called salt it’s
hours long hours on salt you know who
would have who would have thought but he
just had this great energy and was
excited about it that I was like ah I’ve
got a I’ve got a credit novel credit for
this month I’m gonna go ahead and
download that we’ll take a listen to it
and and I can return the book if I don’t
like it which is another thing I like
about the platform I can return the book
if I don’t like it let me give this a
listen to holy cow I’m only like hours
into it and I am loving it it is awesome
it means so many different things first
off you can learn lots of things about
salt which is awesome and amazing and
cool one of the places that I found my
absolute favorite place to go and spend
time at and tour when I was visiting
Europe was crackhouse Krakow is this
beautiful city in Poland and it was not
damaged during the war there were no
bombing raids that hit it so you go from
years of history in four city blocks
and it is amazing it’s also a reasonably
inexpensive City to visit like once you
get there the food and the cost of
hotels and other things like that are
reasonably inexpensive so for the
history buffs who want to see things
there’s so much to see one of the things
they have there is salt lines and they
have a salt mine you know that’s
essentially a museum at this point but
at some point the miners were working on
Sundays and they still needed to go to
Catholic Mass and so they carved
cathedrals and chapels out of the salt
and the very skilled Carver’s and
artisans actually carved how
chandeliers out of salt crystals and
there is amazing it’s a bit dark I don’t
have any really great photos from being
down there but you can look him up I
mean it is just this wonderful place now
it mentions in this book on salt kind of
the whole mining process and the
production of salt and how that
influenced history and and it goes
through the history of salt mining it
talks about the Celts doing it in the
Normans and it talks about you know the
mediterranean folks and the folks in the
Middle East doing it in people in India
and people in Asia and I’ll salt has
impacted the world and especially prior
to refrigeration salt was so key and so
crucial it was a strategic resource that
involved the Monarchs and the rulers
getting involved and it was really
really interesting to learn all this
stuff the narrator’s very engaging and
it’s what would normally be a dry
subject is not a dry subject anymore and
I’m learning so much about salt I never
knew I wanted to know this stuff and
then I realized the book is doing
something else the book is actually
doing something else and I’m loving that
part of it even more and and what it is
is for those of you who have been
longtime listeners you know that I tend
to lean libertarian it is a political
philosophy that says that individuals
are responsible for what they consume
and what they put in their own body
maximum freedom for individuals right
and that we should get along simply by
social contracts as opposed to
government enforced contracts and so one
of the things that the libertarian
community tends to do is they tend to
call a duck a doctor they tend to use
harsh words so instead of things being
called public school oftentimes they’ll
call it government school once you start
calling public school government school
you notice a few things and you notice
that the history books are written for
the audience that is paying for them and
the audience is paying for most of the
history books that are out there are
government schools and so the government
history that they cover is mostly about
the government I mean no duh right but
it covers that government history in a
way where it misses a lot of things and
we are now in an era where history books
are no longer solely just for the
and that is part of what this book
represents this is a commodity history
book this is something that mattered to
the average people and the monarchs like
at different levels and when you listen
to something like this you see the
history not just of the kings and rulers
and what they wore and did but you see
the history from the people who were a
part of those countries who were trying
to make ends meet who were trying to
feed their families who are dealing with
the same struggles we have yes we’ve
solved that problem with refrigeration
but we get to see what it’s like through
a commodity and its brilliance it’s
brilliantly written it’s very well done
and it’s so amazing to listen to and
this also has me wanting to share
something tremendous and unique that you
can think about today when you go have
your lunch or when you have your
breakfast or when you have your dinner
whatever your next meal is I want you to
think of something I learned from a
small-town doctor back a few weeks ago
when I was in Shelby Montana I was
talking about how it’s fun to get
excited about these things in the world
that other people might ignore and she
told me dr. Lewis and Shelby Montana
told me that she gets excited about food
because she says food is a culmination
of human knowledge right so I’m
listening to this book a book is the
written word human knowledge in a
written work form and she reminded me of
something that maybe I have forgotten or
maybe I never knew but she shared with
me that food is a culmination of human
knowledge it is an expression of human
knowledge I mean once you listen to salt
or any part of it or understand all of
the techniques for creating it and
mining and processing it and shipping it
and that sort of stuff that’s one
example of all the things that you eat
that all have a story behind it where
somebody had to invent create explore
decide what’s edible versus not edible
you know how could different things be
prepared my wife shared Easter’s I do
not even want to try those things my
wife shirt or shoes was our year old
and she promptly decided that her palate
was not ready for it and ran off to the
okay so that’s an example of something
finally created a fun memory here at
home tonight but if you think about it
knowing that Easter’s were edible but
other fish were not somebody had to test
that out
somebody had to test out that if you
took tree bark right and sprinkled it on
things it makes hope meal good right our
cinnamon comes that way our cinnamon
comes from tree bark
bananas did you know that bananas are
all essentially the same plan and then
only one or each banana tree only
produces one crop in its lifetime I mean
like holy Wow like all of this stuff has
a story and we are the beneficiaries of
so much of it and then the British
bringing industrialization industrial
processes to farming the reason why we
can feed clothes – what are we at seven
point six billion people on the planet
the reason why we can feed seven point
six billion people on the planet right
now is because of that industrialization
of the agricultural process somebody
looking at it and saying how can we make
more right and being able to solve that
problem Wow the next time you go to eat
something think of all of the parts that
had to be discovered in order to make
that meal possible whether it’s at
McDonald’s which is a whole nother story
or anywhere else you know food is a
culmination of human knowledge salt is a
part of your diet it has to be for your
survival and salt has a history that
teaches us more in my mind about how
humanity has evolved compared with all
of the other things that we learn from
our government textbooks in our
government school so that’s it for this
episode of parking dot it’s time to wrap
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