A Manhattanite in Heidelberg...
Woody Allen comes across Nietzsche’s diet book in Heidelberg and you can almost expect a deliciously crisp extra light scoop of cynicism.
"- Among the pre-Socratics, it was Zeno who held that weight was an illusion and that no matter how much a man ate he would always be only half as fat as the man who never does push-ups.
- The quest for an ideal body obsessed the Athenians, and in a lost play by Aeschylus Clytemnestra breaks her vow never to snack between meals and tears out her eyes when she realizes she no longer fits into her bathing suit.
- Dining out was frowned upon by the Church and valet parking was a sin.
- Fourteenth-century religious paintings first depicted scenes of damnation in which the overweight wandered hell, condemned to salads and yogurt.
- Descartes divided mind and body in two, so that the body could gorge itself while the mind thought, who cares, it’s not me. The great question of philosophy remains: If life is meaningless, what can be done about alphabet soup?
- Not only is our time on earth limited but most kitchens close at ten.
- Once munching, Schopenhauer held, the human will cannot resist further munching, and the result is a universe with crumbs over everything.
- Order like you are ordering for every human being on earth, Kant advises, but what if the man next to you doesn’t eat guacamole?
- In the end, of course, there are no moral foods, unless we count soft-boiled eggs".
Nietzsche’s meals were meals for the Superman, with the death of God anything is permitted.
(Pic, Heidelberg by the Neckar river)