When there’s no ‘hard’ in our lives, no challenge or difficulty, we become soft as over-boiled potatoes. Take our diet. When we abandoned raw hard-to-chew food in favour of soft, processed food, our facial structure changed. We were handsome once.
Dr. William Richards, a psychologist at Johns Hopkins University: “My wild fantasy is that, probably some time after I’m long dead, these [psychedelic] drugs are used in seminary training. Why shouldn’t the opportunity be there to explore deeply spiritual states of consciousness in a legal way?”
Inedia is not simply a cultural titillation. It’s a finger pointing to our dysfunctional relationship to food—to wild excesses of sugar and salt; to fast and modified food; to wastage, spoilage and methane-belching animal farms; to eating disorders and childhood obesity; even, I suppose, to the weird ubiquity of weigh scales.
Michael Pollan’s little dictum has resonance: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
Following his most memorable expedition, author/pyschonaut/anglophonic gentleman Aldous Huxley wrote to a friend to express his overwhelming realization that love is the primary and fundamental cosmic fact.