After finishing up a successful gig, where I was inundated with the presence of fine human beings and the fortune of good finance, I was ready to celebrate.
I was shocked to discover that I wanted to eat–large quantities.
Then I realized that universally in our species, we reward ourselves for good behavior–or even good attendance at work–by holding a banquet, devouring fattening foods, and patting each other on the back as we listen to someone speak for 34 minutes on a subject on which we all agree, trying to keep from dozing off from the overindulgence in carbs and sweets.
God bless America.
Even though I was critical of myself for wanting to glutton after my success, I had to stop and wonder what alternatives are granted to us for such occasions.
- I could get drunk. I never have done so.
- Some people would grab their bong and sit on the “grass.” Once again, not my style.
- I suppose I could sip coffee and ruminate over the elements of the success. That’s a little too “Mad Men” for me.
Yet I have never heard of anyone exercising or running after such a bounty.
No, I have to be honest–a banquet seems to be our universal answer when we feel the need for self-acclaim.
Maybe it goes back to our Norse roots–when we were Vikings and felt that overeating was required after all debauchery and pillaging.
I’m not sure.
But I will keep you updated.
If I find any good replacement for shoveling food in one’s mouth to fuel the human ego, I will certainly write you … so that we all might have healthier ways to feed our egos.
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