Deng Min-Dao wrote: “If you give the masters something to eat, they will eat.  If they have nothing to eat, they forget that there was ever such an activity” (1992, p. 224).  Hmm.  Masters of what?  Must be masters of self.  Hmm.  Why would a master of self be so nonchalant about eating?  Must be already full, I suspect.  Full of what?  That’s for you to figure out. 

Here are your choices:

a) full of self

b) full of dao

c) full of emptiness

d) all of the above

Good luck, eater.

Excerpt from Reinventing the Meal (2012, in press)