I think there is a kind of spiritual "hunger", an all-consuming desire for the gift of wisdom, such as King Solomon had. He might have asked for anything, but desired wisdom above everything else, so that he might be a just ruler.
There are a number of stories about holy people denying themselves food for the purpose of spiritual cleansing, however, if a person is physically starving for food, and -- especially if it is not by personal choice-- it is usually hard for him to think about higher philosophical matters.
That's great Rochelle, but how do we assess the impacts that starving has on our intellectual development?
The brain needs food. If one is constantly hungry then he is unable to thing at his maximum capacity therefore his intelligence maybe compromise. Fasting is really not the same as hunger fasting is self impose, hunger maybe because of circumstance
Juliet, basically you believe that hunger has some connection with wisdom, what's the logic behind it whatever may be the magnitude of hunger?
lack of nutrition during early childhood development stunts brain development. my dad probably would have been smarter if he weren't a young one during the great depression.
When one is impoverished and subject to a rudimentary existence of want, including physical deprivations, one does not see wisdom. In fact, wisdom and higher human goals and needs are the further thing from his/her mind. When one is hungry and/or otherwise physically deprivation, the first instinct is animal survival and satisfaction of the more, basic rudimentary needs. If you have studied Abraham Maslow and the hierarchy of human needs, it is imperative that the basic, more rudimentary human needs are satisfied before progressing to the higher human needs.
When one is relatively affluent and the basic physical, survival, and rudimentary needs are satisfied, it is highly likely that h/she will pursue the higher human needs, including knowledge and the attainment of wisdom. When one is sufficiently wealthy, one can easily attain wisdom and higher forms of attainment and actualization for h/she does not have to worry about the lower needs. When one is obsessed with the lower needs, the main concern is if h/she is going to have such needs satisfied and if h/she is going to survive yet another day.
Uh huh, there is no connection between wisdom and hunger. A wise person is never hungry and a hungry person is never wise( my own saying). In order to attain knowledge, one must be somewhat removed from the daily worry regarding whether one is capable of providing himself/herself and family members of basic rudimentary needs or if such needs will be provided/attained. If one is struggling, one is really not concerned about knowledge, wisdom, or the higher needs but brutal, instinctual animal survival, oftentimes at a high co$t, look at the poor neighborhoods where crime and other forms of negative behavior is rampant.
Some of the above interpretations & inferences are a bit confused.Wisdom informs us how to deal with every situation, including hunger. A wise hungry man knows better how to self compose & interact with external environment then a hungry igno
When I read this I thought of the story of the Buddha. I've read books on him and have watched documentaries about the Buddha. It seems he meditated so much and deprived his body of food to obtain enlightenment. It was written that he was down to having a single grain of rice prior to obtaining enlightenment. I do wonder if depriving your body of food and meditating will bring us a greater understanding of life.
But to that extent starving need to be understood in the right perspective.
Buddha was born as a prince. Basically a guy with platinum/gold/silver spoon. He must have had the most nutritious of food as a child.
I did a hub on Buddhism. Gautama Buddha wisely gave up such austerity and chose the Middle Way for his religion
Using the term Hunger in the figurative sense - yes, it can bring on wisdom. If a person grows up never really experiencing lack, it is easy to take things for granted. Being deprived of those things gives the person wisdom of how valuable they are.
Thanks Yoleen, but how is that possible? Do you have any scientific evidence?
My evidence is not scientific but personal. As a young adult I had some money, but I blew it without saving a dime. Then I fell into poverty. Realizing I could live like this the rest of my life if I didn't do something, I educated myself and saved
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