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By Mark Vernon

ISBN-10: 185168560X

ISBN-13: 9781851685608

Mark Vernon takes his suggestion from forty two of the funniest, wisest, and quirkiest quotations concerning the mammoth questions in existence, and makes use of those as beginning issues for his marvelous observations. In each one bankruptcy he explains what the best thinkers of all time have needed to say on matters reminiscent of everlasting existence, paintings, love and intercourse, and the character of happiness; he attracts his personal conclusions, and may galvanize you to imagine deeply your self!

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My gripe is with the industrial production of food, typified by mega-supermarkets. In the sense that humanity needs a lot of it, food clearly needs to be produced on an industrial scale but it seems that whether it be eggs from battery hens or unripe (and unripenable) tomatoes, quantity has become the enemy of quality. Tastiness being costly, market forces are usually blamed for this state of affairs. However, people have to be persuaded that food should be cheap to start with. We are prepared to spend a fortune on gizmos and houses.

The mystics of the great religions say the same: union with the divine is desirable not for the feeling it brings but for the union’s spiritual worth. What has this to do with food? My gripe is with the industrial production of food, typified by mega-supermarkets. In the sense that humanity needs a lot of it, food clearly needs to be produced on an industrial scale but it seems that whether it be eggs from battery hens or unripe (and unripenable) tomatoes, quantity has become the enemy of quality.

We long for life to make sense. We love it when we find meaning. Cinema offers such a catharsis. As the titles roll, we can find an almost transcendent calm. ’ Macbeth I’ve just had a bad night’s sleep. 15 am. Then, between six and eight, a couple of hours drifting in and out of consciousness. The after-effects have persisted during the morning, leaving a mental fog in the soggy gullies of my mind that the clarity of the day can’t quite reach. Such a night serves to remind me of one of the many paradoxes of sleep.

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