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23 March 2019
Vol.9,Issue:6,23thMarch2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vol.9,Issue:6,23thMarch2019/10thCheter(N.S.)551.

Eat To Live

It is a well-heard saying: Eat to live, do not live to eat.

Every religion, even medical experts have advised to eat less than that of the appetite.

Christians have included over eating in the list of sins under the heading: Gluttony.

Gluttony has been defined as the inordinate or excessive desire for the pleasure connected with food and drink. It may become sinful in various ways: by eating or drinking far more  than is necessary for maintaining bodily strength; by glutting one’s tastes for foods with known detriment to health; by over indulgence in equisetic and luxurious food or drink; by eating or drinking too avidly; by consuming alcoholic beverages to the point of losing full control of one’s reasoning powers. The inordinate pursuit of the desirable and of food and drink can lead to other sins, such as theft and injustice. It can contribute or reflect a lack of faith in and love of God. Don Schwager quotes: “Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is their shame.”

They plead to moderate the human desire for pleasure. The person able to exercise control over his appetite and desires, protects himself from self-destruction of pleasure seeking. “A drunkard who cannot control his intemperate appetite debases his human nature by delivering his reason and will to the slavery of alcohol.”

With the passage of time, scope of gluttony was increased to include delicacy and relationship in gluttony.

“Delicacy” said C.S.Lewis,” is a desire to have things exactly our way”

He gives the example of food having to be prepared just right or just in the right amount but it is not limited to food. We might complain about unimportant defects in a product, the temperature of in the room or color of a laundry basket. “There is a certain amount of discomfort to be expected in life” he remarked,” but the Glutton will have none of it. Instead of becoming strong by suffering the minor inconveniences of life, the Glutton insists on being pampered. No one dares to point out how petty or foolish they are. In fact, some celebrities are praised for their excessive perfectionism, as if it were a virtue.”

There can be a healthy and natural enjoyment of time spent with friends and acquaintances, but some people just can’t get enough. They continue to demand until the other person moves away or explode in anger. For example, the Glutton is wounded that someone would take offence at their love for him. Far worse is when a parent demands too much from a child, requiring too much time or too many accomplishments from some one too small to grant so many pleasures.

In Eastern countries, spirituals believed that the Almighty has sent humans with fixed amounts of eatables and air. With the consumption of the allotted amount, the individual has to part from this world.

“So eat less”, they said,” if you want to live here for a greater period of time.”

Most of the spiritual leaders preached to be contented to what we had and not to be tempted by other’s riches. This consolation might have worked at times but we can’t sit idle waiting for His blessing. We must work hard with given planning and targets.

Cure for Gluttony lies in deliberate management of pleasurable things. You should be rational to yourself as well as others. i.e

When eating, quit before feeling stuffed.

When snacking, don’t just keep stuffing. But quit after a while.

With people, allow some quiet time together, and also get some time alone.

Of course, if time alone is very pleasurable, get out more often.

And if the toast is a bit too brown, eat it any way.