“You Are What You Eat” — A Transient Thought on a Sunday Morning
A thought in passing — it is not just the case that “you are what you think” or “you are what you perceive”. It is also the case that “you are what you eat”. All of these maxims are mutually-related truths.
I do not advocate vegetarianism, although I am somewhat sympathetic to the reasons for it. Not even the Buddha was strictly vegetarian, as it is a peculiar fact that he is reported to have succumbed to dissentry from eating contaminated dried wild boar. I consume very little myself in way of animal flesh, and only fish or foul in small amounts. Rarely, I will eat wild or semi-wild animal meats like bison or elk.
It is a fact of our evolutionary and biological makeup that we are also part carnivore, and that the needs of “the wolf in man” (as Gurdjieff called it) must be satisfied and not neglected. Attempting to engineer that part of us out of our psycho-physiological constitution is a mistake, for it is closely related to the proper functioning of our sexuality and vigour.
That said, I advise against eating beef or any commercially-raised creature that is raised for slaughter under wretched or miserable conditions, including eggs, milk or cheese. An animal passes on the mood of its life through is flesh, just as the mood of some human experience is passed on through a token, momento, or souvenir. An animal raised for food under abusive, joyless, unhappy, and hellish conditions passes along its mood through its flesh. That is part of the significance, in magical cultures, of “the power object”. It retains the mood of its owner, and the “primitive” fear in magical cultures of being manipulated or harmed through one’s nail- or hair-clippings has a partial basis in truth, and for the same reasons.
Eating large volumes of red meat after middle age, especially, merely from previous habit is very ill-advised, as the body does not require it any longer for its growth and renovation. It’s the very meaning of “middle age”, probably. It simply becomes a burden to the body that can lead to all kinds of physical complaints and maladies. Eating even more red meat after middle age will not make you younger.
Fish and fowl suffice, sourced as close to the wild state as possible. Avoid farmed fish and battery- or factory- raised fowl, for the reasons given. The abuse of animal life is a travesty, and such abuse has often unrecognised adverse blowback effects on the abuser.