Everyone a Sun
To understand is to dine divinely,
to devour without consuming.
The digestion is perception,
dissolving into the dissolving,
the more thoroughly infused,
the more completely ingested.
The sustenance is representation,
spiced with varieties of imperfections,
cascading into the metabolism
of the processes of thought.
No animal is stalked and slayed,
no fruit is plucked, no fields reaped,
they propagate through the nothing of poetry
and thrive within the enlivening mind.
Garrett Buhl Robinson
Everyone is familiar with the use of food and ingestion metaphorically representing our sentient functions or the material for those functions, for example: "Food for Thought." In addition to using the similarities as an illustrative tool, I have amused myself through the years developing a more extensive comparison between the two processes.
Of course the process of thought is performed with a physical system just as process of digestion, and of course the absorption of information through our sensory organs is comparable with the ingestion of organic molecules through our digestive tract, as our assimilation of this information into understanding has many parallels with the ingestion of molecules through our metabolic process. But an interesting consideration is that our thought process is a physical operation that actually represents something outside of ourselves, and in many ways, without disturbing what is outside of ourselves. I read a book, I grasp the information and directly transform my neurological processes to retain that information, but the information remains undisturbed on the page. It is a beautiful event.
Also, on an aside, for those of you who enjoy geometry, when considering the alimentary canal, the physical bodies of animals are actually torus shapes.