On eating

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.

When eating, he did not talk. When retiring to bed, he did not speak.

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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