“Always think of the universe as one living organism, with a single substance and a single soul.” — Marcus Aurelius
One way to get a sense of what that ancient Roman emperor meant is through music. Music makes us one — at least the humans. Another way is through food. Viewing the world as Marcus Aurelius did, you realize that you are what you eat, even before you eat it.
Here in Italy we are enjoying some of the best food in the world. Luca, our Italian booking agent who has been traveling with us, explains it this way: “It is in the ground. You travel fifty kilometers and the food is different, because the earth is different.” The ham and cheese around Parma, for instance, are different from any other ham and cheese in the world.
When I think of the giant agribusiness farms of today, the poisons and chemicals and genetic mutations and dead zones in our oceans, I have to wonder what kind of living organism we are turning ourselves into.
Well, I don’t mean to get too preachy. Life is sweet. We should all do what we can to make it sweeter.