A Moment of Brightness
I am a voracious non-fiction reader, a binge-reader, you could say. Most of the books I buy are random finds (from used book stores, thrift stores; or when following a chain of associations with the help of Amazon.com). Whenever I buy books in the physical (rather than virtual) world, I often start from the back. I browse the last three or so pages of the book – not because I want to know how something ends, but because a book is like a life and its last pages are like the last few breaths: there is something powerfully evanescent about that, a unique kind of intimacy, a moment where the author finally lets go of the pen and returns to the original blank space of the mind-page…
Knowing how we part ways is a good introduction to each other.
So, let me share the last few pages of “Reinventing the Meal,” in case we – reader and author – never meet on the first page.
You are an amazing transmutation machine. You can take in carrots, candy bars, baked beans, bread, plums, porridge, hamburgers, or herrings—and turn them into living energy and whatever body parts you need. A carrot takes light, air, water, and earth, converting them into a crunchy, pointy, orange vegetable, and you turn this carrot into a moving, intelligent, seeing, human being. What an amazing world!
Gregory Sams, Sun of gOd
The big meal-wheel has been spinning, mostly mindlessly, without much frontal-lobe supervision, for at least as long as there has been life on this planet. Our collective evolutionary history is a survival treadmill. Life has been in the business of inventing and reinventing ever-new metabolic cycles, with life-forms finding sustenance in each others’ waste, learning how to squeeze every morsel of energy out of their environment, climbing the pyramid of the solar economy through predatory competition, and also working out mutually beneficial symbiotic energy trusts.
We, the human animals, are the first species to talk about the ethics of eating our fellow life-forms. …