Body and food

The physical body cannot exist without food, and therefore in an  indirect sense they are one  and the same. The body assimilates that portion of the food which  is useful for its maintenance, and throws out that portion which is  useless. That which is discarded is as much part of the food that  was consumed as that which is assimilated. If man is so  supremely indifferent to the eliminated refuse, why should he not  feel the same detachment towards the assimilated food which, for  practical purposes, becomes his body? Why should he shed  tears when, after death, the body itself is cast off to the care  of earthworms or to consuming flames?

-Life At Its Best, p41

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