“Learning implies a great sensitivity,” yet, Krishnamurti implores, “most of us are not sensitive even physically” “We overeat, we do not bother about the right diet, we over smoke and drink so that our bodies become gross and insensitive; the quality of the attention of the organism itself is made dull. How can there be a very alert, clear mind if the organism itself is dull and heavy?”
Fritz Perls, a prominent voice of Gestalt therapy, similarly exhorts us to notice how we experience food. “One’s attitude towards food,” Perls suggests, “has a tremendous influence upon intelligence.” “Correct eating,” he claims to be “of vital importance in achieving an intelligent, harmonious personality.” “By concentrating on our meals, anyone having a tendency towards neurasthenia—[Irritable fatigue, anxiety, weakness or exhaustion of the nervous system]— can convince himself of the effectiveness of the method”.
In an essay entitled “Is God a mathematician? The meaning of metabolism,” Hans Jonas reminds us that, “rather than metabolism as a function of the organism,” we must recognize “the organism is a function of metabolism.” Taste and the experiences of flavor are the advent of the metabolic style of making sense. Living organisms are “turned outwards and toward the world in a peculiar relatedness of dependence and possibility,” where, “only by being sensitive, life can be active.”