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Travel Blog: Food in Japan is Too Perfect?

The first time you travel to Japan, you’ll be blown away by intricate handicrafts, perfectly folded origami, manicured gardens, clean streets, and meal sets. Indeed, this attention to detail shows high regard for quality and order, which the Japanese are now known for.  In my parents’ time, “Made In Japan” meant shoddy, but now “Made In Japan” is a mark of quality and innovation.  Today, I’m talking about “perfect” meal sets. Attention to detail is showcased especially the meal sets, even at casual restaurants. They are the stuff of an obsessive compulsive person’s dreams, each item delicately placed just-so, to ensure the best presentation of each small portion… one tomato sits gently on a single lettuce leaf, a few sheets of seaweed peek out of the ramen broth, and the slices of chaashuu pork are perfectly round, made of alternating ribbons of fat and meat. Even Japan Airlines economy class meals were served to us like this, complemented by a “Thank you for waiting. Here is your meal.”   Air Canada really has nothing on …

The Most Amazing Benefit from Fasting and How To Get It!

First of all, the title is not click-bait.  If you stay tuned I guarantee you’ll learn something amazing that could change your life. Quick update on my fasting life. Last Tuesday and Wednesday I fasted, and this week I’m fasting again.  My boyfriend was ready to jump on board and fast with me again, so we’ve turned this into a couple’s activity!  (Yes, we’re THIS fun and will show up at your party if you invite us.)   It’s currently Wednesday morning at 8 am and I haven’t eaten since Monday evening at 6 pm.  Hunger level: 2/10 and I’m drinking a black coffee.  I definitely would enjoy eating breakfast if I could, but I feel that my monkey mind is pretty calm.  No shit-throwing tantrums on the horizon! There was a shit-throwing internal tantrum for me yesterday – keep reading. For me, the greatest benefit of fasting is not the super-fast weight-loss, and it’s mostly water anyways. It’s not about muscles definition after my glycogen stores are depleted and my dermis has thinned out.  The …

Nietzsche, Art, Illusion & Truth

This post was written in response to an article by R. Anderson published in 2005 in the European Journal of Philosophy, entitled “Nietzsche on Truth, Illusion, and Redemption.”  doi/abs/10.1111/j.0966-8373.2005.00227.x In “Nietzsche on Truth, Illusion, and Redemption,” Anderson addresses the Nietzsche’s apparent inconsistency in regards to truth and its value. Anderson explains Nietzsche’s rejection of things in themselves and a ‘true world’ in favour of an epistemology that speaks of truly unknowable chaos given shape and organized by human perception. Still, Nietzsche is committed to truth of a phenomenal world despite our cognitive distortions and perspective and honesty as a correct moral aim. Anderson, having established Nietzsche’s position on truth, shifts the focus to the value of truth in a human life, from which point he addresses Nietzsche’s puzzling indignance for illusion, religion, and self-deception, yet concurrent endorsement of illusion in art. Since honesty and artistry act as regulative drives, they are not incompatible but rather require a balance in the tension between them. Both drives are necessary to fulfill the moral imperative of redeeming our …