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Wednesday, August 4, 2004

Eating. We all do it. What is it about eating that makes people want to do it? Well, we get hungry so we eat. We get depressed, we eat. We get bored, we eat. There are many reasons for eating. Some good, some not so good.

While driving to Yellowstone National Park I decided pull over, make myself a sandwich, and enjoy some scenery. I wasn't really hungry, I just wanted to break up the monotony of the day. Eating the sandwich would certainly taste good, but I wondered, was that the main pleasure in eating? The taste?

Let's think about this for a bit, shall we? The sandwich tastes good because when I chew it my taste buds talk to my brain and my brain interprets the electrical dialogue as good, based on past history and experience. So, having chewed a portion of the sandwich and tasted it to my satisfaction and pleasure, I can just spit it out, right? But No!!! I could never do that! But why the heck not? Could it be the act of swallowing is what I'm really after, the taste is just a small garnish on the side?

Well, it must be, otherwise I could just spit it out and put it all out of my mind. But it's not like that at all. I -have- to swallow it. Not doing so would leave me feeling really unsatisfied. So swallowing must be instinctual. The true satisfaction isn't the good taste, it's the act of swallowing. Swallowing equates to not starving, and not starving is obviously something that nature wishes not to happen to me.

So, if anyone ever tells you they ate something just because it tasted good that's not really the complete reason. They ate it because it tasted good -and- they swallowed it.

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