On eating

祭於公,不宿肉。祭肉,不出三日;出三日,不食之矣。
After assisting at the duke’s sacrificial ceremony, he didn’t keep the meat overnight. When carrying out routine sacrifices at home, he didn’t keep the meat for more than three days. After the third day, he didn’t eat it.

食不語,寢不言。
When eating, he did not talk. When retiring to bed, he did not speak.

雖疏食,菜羹,瓜祭,必齊如也。
Even if the food only consisted of coarse rice, vegetable soup, and melons, he made a sacrificial offering in a grave and respectful manner.

As great as the benefits of the industrialization of food production have been, I can’t help thinking that there has been a huge cost as well in terms of losing a direct connection to what we eat.

We should always be thankful for our food and never take it for granted.

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