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Daemon
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
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A good digestion completes the picture.
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What a full stomach can do to you.
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 8:46:28 AM
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To JC:

And then, of course, a good belch.

How true this quote is for most people.
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 3:24:56 PM

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I thought it was going to continue that a full stomach did the opposite. That only the rich would have full stomachs and they lack clear consciences. And of course, that a full stomach is not by any means "cheaper" to the poor.
I understand what he meant, but I still expected a lesson to the rich!
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Posted: Tuesday, July 03, 2012 9:06:43 PM

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Three Men In A Boat, Chapter 10

How good one feels when one is full — how satisfied with ourselves and with the world! People who have tried it, tell me that a clear conscience makes you very happy and contented; but a full stomach does the business quite as well, and is cheaper, and more easily obtained. One feels so forgiving and generous after a substantial and well-digested meal — so noble-minded, so kindly-hearted.

It is very strange, this domination of our intellect by our digestive organs. We cannot work, we cannot think, unless our stomach wills so. It dictates to us our emotions, our passions. After eggs and bacon, it says, "Work!" After beefsteak and porter, it says, "Sleep!" After a cup of tea (two spoonsful for each cup, and don't let it stand more than three minutes), it says to the brain, "Now, rise, and show your strength. Be eloquent, and deep, and tender; see, with a clear eye, into Nature and into life; spread your white wings of quivering thought, and soar, a god- like spirit, over the whirling world beneath you, up through long lanes of flaming stars to the gates of eternity!"

After hot muffins, it says, "Be dull and soulless, like a beast of the field — a brainless animal, with listless eye, unlit by any ray of fancy, or of hope, or fear, or love, or life." And after brandy, taken in sufficient quantity, it says, "Now, come, fool, grin and tumble, that your fellow-men may laugh — drivel in folly, and splutter in senseless sounds, and show what a helpless ninny is poor man whose wit and will are drowned, like kittens, side by side, in half an inch of alcohol."

We are but the veriest, sorriest slaves of our stomach. Reach not after morality and righteousness, my friends; watch vigilantly your stomach, and diet it with care and judgment. Then virtue and contentment will come and reign within your heart, unsought by any effort of your own; and you will be a good citizen, a loving husband, and a tender father — a noble, pious man.

Before our supper, Harris and George and I were quarrelsome and snappy and ill-tempered; after our supper, we sat and beamed on one another, and we beamed upon the dog, too. We loved each other, we loved everybody. Harris, in moving about, trod on George's corn. Had this happened before supper, George would have expressed wishes and desires concerning Harris's fate in this world and the next that would have made a thoughtful man shudder.

As it was, he said: "Steady, old man; `ware wheat."

And Harris, instead of merely observing, in his most unpleasant tones, that a fellow could hardly help treading on some bit of George's foot, if he had to move about at all within ten yards of where George was sitting, suggesting that George never ought to come into an ordinary sized boat with feet that length, and advising him to hang them over the side, as he would have done before supper, now said: "Oh, I'm so sorry, old chap; I hope I haven't hurt you."

And George said: "Not at all;" that it was his fault; and Harris said no, it was his.

It was quite pretty to hear them.




One of my very favourite books

Sanity is not statistical
abrar
Posted: Wednesday, July 04, 2012 12:22:55 AM
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Stomach empty only one problem, stomach full a lot of problems.

I haven't given this privilege to anybody to make me happy or angry.....SADHGURU
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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2012 10:26:31 PM
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The ability to empathize, separates humans from other creatures. FOOD is no substitute !!
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Sure it's not the ability to metabolise ?

Sanity is not statistical
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