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Lara Merriken addresses your concerns

Just a little update on the Larabar post.

I got in touch with Lara Merriken, the founder of Larabar, and she's agreed to do a guest blog here on WLIR early next week. She's read many of the assumptions out there on the blogosphere + forum boards and wants everyone to know that her products are not going to change at all.

"I love my company and am passionate about what I do and I want to be sure people understand that this will carry forward in the most authentic way."

I've given Lara a list of questions and I'll try to take a few more from the comments section here.

Regardless of your feelings on the matter, I think the message that I'd like to stress here is open dialogue. It's amazing how many things just melt away when two people have an honest conversation. I've felt this in my own life (especially when I've failed to do it) and I know this also applies on a community level too.

Anekāntavāda is an eastern term for relativism, the teaching that "truth and reality are perceived differently from different points of view, and no single point of view is the complete truth". The Jains often use a simple story to articulate this teaching:

Six Blind Men and the Elephant

Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant's body.

The blind man who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the one who feels the tail says the elephant is like a rope; the one who feels the trunk says the elephant is like a tree branch; the one who feels the ear says the elephant is like a hand fan; the one who feels the belly says the elephant is like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

A wise man explains to them..

All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently is because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant. So, actually the elephant has all the features you mentioned.