Saturday, January 31, 2009

Reversing the Flow

A dull knife is more dangerous to use than a sharp knife.
Occam's razor: If you have two solutions to a problem,
a simple one and a complicated one, then the answer
is usually the simple one. Is the simple answer a spare equivalent
of the less simple kind. No, it was cut from a sharper knife.
In its simplicity is its elegance. What if a simple answer
and a complicated answer are proposed for the diet
of a healthy planet? Vegetables and meat are diced for soup
with a sharp knife, if the cook is skillful, though the cleanness
of the cut does not add flavor to the broth. Assimilation of the meal
is proportional to the cleanliness of the ingredients and the ritual
manner in which the meal is enjoyed. Soup is the simplest of meals.
The cook who fixes many kinds of soup will not find his dining hall
hurting for nutrition.

Let us go back to the phrase "cut from a sharper knife."
It implies that we begin with an exceedingly sharp knife.
The resulting answers are derivatively dull. Assimilation
reverses the flow. A small piece of food is divided into
smaller pieces. Pieces keep getting smaller until a calorie
or several hundred of them are created and spent.
In the end, we arrive at a unit of work. So perhaps
there was no knife at all, only work that needed to be done.

1 comment:

  1. No nicks from reading with your sharp knife, but I like the clean soup and the way the carrots look - so very much themselves, cut-ups in the pot with Rumi's chickpea, "Remember when you drank rain in the garden. That was for this."