Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Skipping Lunch


At the heart of much speculative fiction (and fiction in general) is a question. What if? On Tuesdays I like to throw one out there and see what you make of it. Do with it as you please. If a for-instance is not specified, feel free to interpret that instance as you wish. And if you find this becomes a novel-length answer, I'd appreciate a thank you in the acknowledgements 😉

What if we didn't need to eat?

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  1. Hi Liz ... breakfast and lunch I wouldn't mind ... supper/ dinner would be terrible ... love to eat and try new foods - way too boring overwise!! Cheers Hilary

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  2. That would save us a ton of time and money. But some things taste to good to give up. Not to mention what would all the food producers, packagers, and sellers do?

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  3. For all we know there could be cyborgs in operation right now on Earth, who merely taste drinks to stay lubricated.

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  4. Boo. I might give up eating but I'd never give up cooking.

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    1. There are other things to prepare besides food ;)

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  5. Then I wouldn't have to worry about my weight so much...

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  6. I'd miss so much food...pizza, pasta, chocolate. Heck, I'd even miss salad. Yes, I do get salad cravings. I guess, if we didn't need to eat, though, we wouldn't have cravings and food wouldn't exist, so we wouldn't know what it even tasted like to begin with.

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    1. So much of our world is built around meals and snacks and such. It would be a different world.

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  7. Simple I might not be as fat...and I believe it would be boring

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  8. It would free up our time a bit (kinda like not needing to sleep, I guess). I would miss certain flavors. Maybe we could just chew food for flavors, then spit out the contents of our mouths? Is that too weird?

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    1. That would make an interesting scene in a story in which people no longer needed to eat after having a lifetime of food. That might be enough to build a story.

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  9. I, too, imagine how much time we would save. When I had an office job I felt like my every action was in the pursuit of food, from working for that paycheck to spending time and money on groceries, all the hours spent on prep and cooking, and of course the act of eating. You posed an interesting notion.

    Wow, you called me on that movie review. I mentioned it being a Faustian tale in a previous post but not a word about the plot in the review. ~shakes head~ Malcolm McDowell's character, Mr. Capricorn, inserted himself in the band members' lives from the very start, with clear intent to corrupt them in exchange for fame.

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    1. Oops. I didn't mean to call you out or anything.

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  10. That would suck...pure and simple because I love the taste of chocolate. There are some people that can’t eat due to cancer or something and that simply sucks

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    1. It does. A neighbor who recently passed had that very issue.

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  11. I would miss the companionship of sharing a meal with people I love and want to be around. We would have to find something to fill that void.

    betty

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  12. If I didn't HAVE to eat, I would eat anyway. It's my absolutely favourite thing to do.

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    1. We wouldn't "need to". Since I didn't specify if we would be able to or not...

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  13. We would all be skinny, right? Well, one can hope anyway.

    But oh the delicious things we'd miss!

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    1. Personally, I think "skinny" is overrated. That's just me, I suppose...

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  14. Then I would not have had to have surgery to lose weight! I would have stayed skinny all my life.....UNLESS there was another way we were required to take in what our body needs and it had the same effects of food.

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    1. Ah... I didn't specify, now, did I?

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  15. But all the noms! I'd still eat/cook, I think. I love playing in the kitchen.

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  16. I'd hate that! I love eating! When you get to my age there aren't a lot of other things to love. But I do love to eat! But maybe if it meant I could be skinny again.....

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  17. Could you imagine all the industries that would go out of business? (I'm assuming "we" means "all of us, suddenly"). And, for so many of us, including me, eating is a pleasure. I would miss it. Cooking, not so much. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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    1. Since I didn't specify, "all of us, suddenly" is a valid interpretation.

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  18. I know someone who can't swallow. Not even their own spit. I can't think of a more hellish existence.

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    1. Yes, a neighbor (who recently passed) had a similar issue.

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