Aching Hunger

**This was a post that was supposed to be for my health blog, but it seemed general enough to put here. Besides, this drawing took awhile.

Hunger is both real and imagined.

First there is the real type of hunger, physiological hunger. It can be measured by changes in hormone levels and is thus quatifiable.

Then there is the imagined type of hunger, psychological hunger. It can roughly be estimated by the number of McDonald signs encountered through the day, but has proven to be as erratic as it is momentous.

The difference is that real hunger evolved to keep us alive, while imagined hunger evolved to keep us safe; it got us imagining hunger in the future, so that we could take steps today to satisfy it. The problem is, of course, that it's all too cheap and easy to satisfy our hunger.

The solution is simple: embrace hunger, the real type of hunger. Because no matter what you do, you'll be hungry sometimes.

One will find, that the best artists in the world who are at peace with themselves and their work desire to get better. But they're not getting better to fill a void, and they're not getting better to further their ambition. Their simply getting better because it seems like the natural thing to do.

Like any quest worth pursuing, this one is going to take lots of introspection and experimentation. That, no one can help you with.


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