Chopsticks: (n) a pair of small sticks used as eating utensils, especially by the Chinese
I’ve taken the precaution of donning my suit of armor, which, by the way, already has quite a few dents. I’ve also calmed my spirit and satisfied my soul that all is well.
I must do this every time I launch into the cultural “holy of holies” and begin to make fun of sacrificial lambs.
Chopsticks are stupid. Worse than stupid, they’re pretentious.
Unless you were born in China and have never heard of a spoon or fork, using chopsticks is your way of establishing your superiority over those around you, who
insist on eating the cuisine of another country while using God-fearing American utensils.
I will be honest. I haven’t even tried chopsticks. What I have done is watch other people attempt to consume a meal while balancing the food on tiny wooden surfaces. Eventually what happens is, the bowl is picked up, brought close to the mouth, and the sticks are used as a shovel, to thrust the delicacy onto the tongue. So to use chopsticks, one has to break every other universal law of table etiquette. Once again, fine if you live in China, but not really required at the Main Street Chinese Buffet.
Pretension is bigotry done with a smile, and offered with over-explanation.
I don’t like chopsticks. Chinese people are fine. Chinese food is okay.
But chopsticks are Step Three in a process of ten in learning how to consume food more effectively. In other words, it began with fingers, went to hands, moved to chopsticks…
By the time you get to ten, there should be a damn fork.