Audra tells this tale of romance gone sour:
Leaving wheat is like one of those break-ups where you still have to work with the person or maybe even remain roommates. In this example, wheat is a man, and we will call him W.T.
The relationship was one of those roller-coaster ones where sometimes you felt great, but most of the time you felt depressed and unattractive. Still, you were constantly there for him, and it seemed like he was there for you, until he started making you feel crazy and fat. It didn’t matter; you stayed in the relationship for the good times.
Then one day, you ended it in hopes of putting yourself back together and trying to find out who you really were without him. The problem was that you would still have to see him everyday at work, and he and his relatives (O.T.,P.T.,R.C, and C.N.) would constantly be in your house mingling with your family. Your family would even try to get the two of you back together.
You warned them about how manipulative he could be and tried to make them see how much better you would feel if he was gone forever, but they just rolled their eyes at you and told you what a mistake you were making in letting someone as well rounded as W.T. get away.
You even had to witness his intense relationship with your best friend and see her fall for all of his lies. As good as it felt to be out of his grip, you had an uneasiness about his control over your family and friends. Sometimes, you get through to one of them, and they join you in your quest to get him away from your house and your work, but trying to get to the point where you never have to see him again could take a lifetime.
The parallels make the hair on the back of my neck stand up!
Yes, wheat and humans have an unnatural relationship, one built on false trust, delusion, addiction, and deception. Audra paints this picture with exceptional clarity: the constant feeling of obligation, of losing control, of lost self esteem, the repeated urgings from others to go back.
This grain, starting as a calorie source for a desperate group of hungry people 10,000 years ago, has morphed into foods with opiate characteristics that manipulate behavior, even duping agencies like the USDA to not just fail to recognize this perverse relationship, but to urge you to allow it to dominate your life. Like the beaten down, hopeless woman who gives into a pathological relationship, so it goes with those who embrace the Evil Grain.
Recognize wheat as the deranged, control freak stalker that he is and you will be much, much happier.