Upon rereading the book recently, I took special note of Gatsby’s spending habits. He’s described as a wealthy man, but he’s still living a very tony lifestyle for someone who made most of his money bootlegging. One over-the-top party, yes. But an over-the-top party every weekend? Even hedge-funders don’t live like that.
So I pulled every nugget from The Great Gatsby related to Gatsby’s personal wealth and income, and every passage that detailed his spending, and — with the help of some experts — tried to re-create a historical ledger that might have shown the state of Jay Gatsby’s fortune, if he had been a real person and not a figment of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s imagination. It turns out that, far from accumulating vast stores of wealth, Jay Gatsby might have been spending beyond his means.
Today’s guest and author of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Mary Roach in Popular Science:
Taste is a sort of chemical touch. Taste cells are specialized skin cells. If you have hands for picking up foods and putting them in your mouth, it makes sense for taste cells to be on your tongue. But if, like flies, you don’t, it may be more expedient to have them on your feet. “They land on something and go, ‘Ooh, sugar!’ ’’ Rawson does her best impersonation of a housefly. “And the proboscis automatically comes out to suck the fluids.” Rawson has a colleague who studies crayfish and lobsters, which taste with their antennae. “I was always jealous of people who study lobsters. They examine the antennae, and then they have a lobster dinner.”
The study animal of choice for taste researchers is the catfish, simply because it has so many receptors. They are all over its skin. “They’re basically swimming tongues,” says Rawson. It is a useful adaptation for a limbless creature that locates food by brushing up against it; many catfish species feed by scavenging debris on the bottom of rivers.
I try to imagine what life would be like if humans tasted things by rubbing them on their skin. Hey, try this salted caramel gelato—it’s amazing.
Image by Emily Cavalier
“…but he went on backsliding in the way of his own heart, I have seen his ways, But I will heal him; I will lead him and restore comfort to him…’Peace, peace to the far and to the near’, says the Lord”
“The wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. ‘There is no peace’, says my God, ‘for the wicked’.”
Problem: The commonality found in all human character is that to fall back to our own desires.It is the common practice of every person, that we always fall back to our own desires when things do not work out. We dont go to any default other than our own. Taking life into our hands.
Solution: Peace is promised to those found in His grace.
Having the PEACE of God, rests the soul of weary men.
It brings chaos into quietness
Peace brings God into His place, and our desires are no more.
Solved: For His desires become our own. Making it, so that, we dont fall back to our desires; now have only His desires in our hearts to fall back on.
This is the speech President Richard Nixon was prepared to give in case Apollo 11 did not safely return.
to the moon and back.
Things that last matter. What ends on earth doesn’t matter, it doesn’t go on to the next life after this. Everything has a start and eventually will end.
Except with Jesus.
Anything that begins with Jesus never ends.
Everything Jesus is, lives.
He started life, therefore all that comes from him continues to live.The only thing that dies in Jesus, is the old life we leave when we begin to live in Him.
This new life brings all things into focus and perspective. You find yourself not worried about anything besides the more of Jesus you have.
I haven’t lived much, but from my short span of life, I can say I have learned a bit. I have realized that knowledge and human thinking is too confined. It closes up things that are meant to be open. The best knowledge one can grasp is not to grasp it, but rather to hold it with an open fist. The only thing to be held onto in this life is God. For to hold on to knowledge gives power to humans and confines God in human thought, which strips Him of His infinite Greatness. Letting God be God, let’s us be human. And moreover, to claim that one can understand God’s Love, is to deny His greatness over us.
He, being Love embodied, makes Him, and Love, too big to grasp by anyone. It is more than we can experience or ever learn. We must understand that we can sometimes never understand. This is a place I have realized I want to live. Not where I believe I have come to the height of knowledge, but to a place, where, I understand, my knowledge and understanding has limits. Small finite limits. It stops. It has an end point. And from here to allow my mind to realize there is more than knowledge to retain in this life. This life isn’t based off knowing, and shouldn’t run off it as well.
Life is, in fact, passing quickly and is much too fleeting to waste away precious moments on debates and other mind-filling ideas that cannot do others any good. I believe it would be better to be filled with wisdom. Wisdom not from books or human thinking. But wisdom that surpasses common knowledge.
In end, I believe the wisest are quite often too over-looked. Those who are not telling others of their new ideas or piling up their brains with theory. The wisest among us today are rather found living life in its true depth. Taking moments for what they are, enjoying them, and always giving the gratitude back to the only one who deserves it, God.
Bon Iver at AIR Studios (4AD/Jagjaguwar Session) (by boniver)