Food for Thought
I’ve heard many times over the saying that you’re what you eat. Although you may not actually resemble your favorite food, you’ll likely acquire its habits and tendencies.
Through the art of merchandising, animals are butchered and cut to pieces to mask their true identity. At the U.S. supermarkets, steaks don’t look like cows. Filets don’t like fish. Chicken breasts don’t look like chickens. etc. etc. They may have lost their heads, tails, and feet, but they are still the same animals with their genes intact and secured. consequently, those who partake of these goodies will become like them in spirit.
Even in the old days, this belief was prevalent. Back then, a warrior would gorge on the carcass of the enemy that he killed in battle, believing that by doing so, he’d be the beneficiary of the dead man’s bravery. Because of this belief, he was also smart not to take the leftovers home to his domesticated wife.
Pork fanatics inherit the pig’s inclination to take a nap after a hearty meal. Take the case of Spain, which is considered the land of the ham. After taking on pork as a form of resistance to the Muslim invaders, the Spaniards had no choice but to invent the siesta.
Steak devotees, mostly men in various shapes and sizes, unconsciously obtain the cow’s fondness to masticate. This led to the marketability of chewing tobacco and bubble gum, and presumably, the creation of the state of Texas.
Poultry lovers, mostly the domain of the fairer sex, mimic the lifestyle of their favorite fare. They are known to have invented the pecking order, which is coming back in vogue today as many are turning against red meat for health reasons. They have introduced the practice of pecking as a civilized form of greeting. They have learned to speak in tongue as in gobbledygook. They have used with precision words like “chicken” or “turkey” to describe men who haven’t lived up to their expectations. Most importantly, they have coined the word “henpeck” as a symbol of women’s domination over men.
All you can eat aficionados abide by the dictum “live to eat” as opposed to “eat to live”. In their humble opinion, all you can eat means all that can be boiled, fried, or broiled. Bugs, frogs, rats, bats, cats, dogs, reptiles, or monkeys are fair game and can be found in their menu. This penchant for bizarre foods lead them to bizarre tendencies and adventures. In their quest to satisfy their voracious appetities, they risk their lives going to exotic places even where the cannibals live. Small wonder that some of them never return and end up as food themselves.
The moral of the story is, beware of what you consume as it will consume you in the end.