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.
One of Michael Pollan’s primary sources for his book on psychedelic therapy was a scientist who, Pollan observed, “chose his words with a tweezer.” Lao Tzu would have approved. More words count less.