Sucker For Donuts, Health Documentaries, And All Things Shiny And New
Tim Hortons is a Canadian chain of coffee shops. Some would say “Timmies” is the closest we have to an organized religion. Every single time a new donut flavour or a new baked good item comes out, suckers line up to try it.
I am the sucker.
I used to work at Tim Hortons through high school, and first year of university, so you’d think that I breathed enough donut vapours to last me a lifetime, but apparently not. In the last ten years, I found myself handing over bills and coins in exchange for chicken stew in a bowl, Nutella bites, birthday cake timbits, donut sticks, and various combinations of apple pie and pumpkin spice flavours applied to everything.
Every time my tasting experience falls somewhere on the continuum between meh and mediocre. Whatever I end up getting usually tastes just as you’d expect – dough and sugar.
But I never learn, and next time there is a triple berry explosion morning glory limited edition muffin, I’m there.
This is what health documentaries are like too. There are always new ones. They always sound exciting. They promise ground-breaking stimulation to your brain, and life changing takeaways. Like the new apple cinnamon graham cracker donut, they rarely do. Why?
Because they are documentaries – films designed to entertain, not be accurate sources of information. Yes, yes, we often USE documentaries as sources of information. But that doesn’t make them GOOD sources of information.
Heck, some people use donuts as sources of sustenance. Doesn’t make them good sources.
To expect substance from a health documentary, is to expect a satisfying fullness after a donut. That’s not how they are made. That’s not WHY they are made. So, I just enjoy them for what they are – donuts and documentaries – a mouthful of sugar and dough.