Thursday, July 16, 2009
Meaning of Life and Dietary Choices
NY Times' Roger Cohen has a very interesting and well-written piece on life, health/longevity, and daily gastronomical decisions. To support the premise of the article, Cohen uses two rhesus monkeys, Canto, 27, and Owen, 29. There's a basic differences between the two friends and it consists of what kinds of food they consume. Canto gets a restricted diet with 30 percent fewer calories whereas Owen gets to eat whatever he chooses.
The end result: Owen looks much happier than Canto.
While I tend to be more of the school of thought of gastronomical moderation and I highly privilege fitness and vegetarian choices, I have to candidly admit, that the paragraph I enjoyed the most from Cohen's piece was the following:
"Well-fed Owen, by contrast, is a happy camper with a wry smile, every inch the laid-back simian, plump, eyes twinkling, full mouth relaxed, skin glowing, exuding wisdom as if he’s just read Kierkegaard and concluded that “Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backward.”
I suppose Kierkegaard had something to do with it.
Read more here.