“But where there is danger, there grows also what saves.” Friedrich Hölderlin Attention is our most limited resource. William James proposed…
Throughout history people have gone hungry, unable to find enough calories to sustain themselves. Thanks to numerous advances, most of us no longer have to fight this daily battle for survival. We live in an age of abundance, boasting such a surplus that $100 billion worth of food is jettisoned each year.
Waste aside, our ‘solution’ to the (Western) hunger problem has given birth to a weighty dilemma: instead of struggling to find calories, most people now struggle to avoid them. Today, the number of obese humans sits at a hefty 1.6 billion – almost double those who are malnourished.
When it comes to production and consumption, it’s clear that greed is in the driver’s seat and gluttony is giving directions. Our challenge then in this time of plenty is to learn to direct our preternatural productive prowess, to rein in our insatiable desire for more.
From Tantalus to Erysichthon, myths abound on the perils of greed and gluttony. We should take heed. As Shakespeare’s Nerissa asserts: “They are as sick that surfeit with too much, as they that starve with nothing.”
The fat eyes have it ~ Will Self
Not eating things ~ Oliver Burkeman
The waiter ~ Existential Comics
Are you what you eat? ~ Patrick Stokes
Even simple food is not simple ~ Damon Young
Celebrity chefs ~ Steven Poole
Hospitality as ethics ~ Lisa Heldke
Fad diets ~ Timothy Olds
Famine amid plenty ~ André Dao
Engineering food ~ Gillian Terzis
Virtual nourishment ~ Robert C. Wolcott
The edible zoo ~ DBC Pierre
Are we how we eat? ~ Margaret Visser
A course of evil ~ Ovid
Hunger as a weapon ~ Nigel Warburton
And much more.