Be careful with the argument fallacy of setting up straw mans to attack.
No one has so far indicated logical argument is to be suspended. No one has so far said things are to be accepted blindly. These are straw mans we don’t need to attack or respond to here*, ok?
All replies up to this point have been presented to aid you build up an understanding of the context and timeframe of things and events.
For example, when Ajahn Brahm mentions being malnourished he is recalling how things were years if not decades before the events lived by the one who authored the book you are referring to.
Ajahn Brahm was there when the International forest monastery was being set up, few years after the main forest monastery (Wat Pa Pong) was also first established. Back then, before Ajahn Chah became well known conditions were indeed harsh, as material support including almsfood was coming mainly from the local villagers.
What I notice is that you tend to not reply and demonstrate appreciation for all the kind and informative replies you have so far received. Courtesy is an important ingredient to consider when you come to a space to learn and discover things.
And to be clear, I mirror @Snowbird perception and impressions of how you are interacting in this thread in terms of you seem to be “making lots and lots of assumptions and quickly coming to conclusions. This wouldn’t be a big deal, but your conclusions all seem to be negative.”
I am sure you have your own reasons to behave and write the way you have been, but maybe take it as a sincere feedback from people who have been taking time to kindly reply your questions and sharing with you their understanding of things you seem keen on understanding better.
- If you want to discuss these topics, let`s start a new thread and you will very promptlly be introduced to the Kalama Sutta and a number of other EBTs which will aid you setting up a practical framework to discern and take what is meaningful from texts and traditions in your own development of the path.