It's a tasty combination!
* * *I occasionally get mildly snarky comments about the amount of food blogging I do, amid the philosophizing and commentary.
Here's the deal: I think food, enough of it and a variety of it, is essential to civil society. Yes, yes, you'll die without it, but it's more than that. People who are just getting by, or who aren't getting by, people who spend all their time trying to provide the basics, food, shelter, they're easy prey for any fast talker who promises more; they're closer to deciding that other people are merely resources to be exploited; they'll buy into the idea that if only some group or class is wrung out, driven out, eliminated, everything will be better. They do this not because they're stupid or gullible, not because they're criminals, not because they were born hating, but because they are human, and they're hungry.
It's nice to think that the desperate are all noble Jean Valjeans, doing horrible things only because they must. For too many people, it becomes a way of life. It's best stopped before it starts. Hungry children can easily grow up to be misfit adults.
Conversely, in a healthy society, there's plenty to eat, of many different sorts. We're omnivores; we are comforted by having food around and all the more so when it's not a supply of identical bland, balanced bars of survival rations.
"Feed a man a fish, and he eats a meal; teach him to fish, and he'll have food for life." And teach him to set up and run a fish farm, and he'll feed his family, your family and a whole lot more -- and at every level of eating, catching or raising fish, he's likely to be too busy to stick a knife in you. Engaged in activites, he's likely to become more engaged in the society around him; able to look farther ahead than the next day's meal, he's likely to make better decisions.
So I blog about food. It's not just food.