“SONDER, noun: “the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.”
“From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, a compendium of made-up words written by John Koenig. Each original definition aims to fill a hole in the language, to give a name to emotions we don’t have words for.”
I believe this ultimately relates with the idea of empathy: the ability to understand and share feelings of another. The world would be a better place if, instead of judging others under our own personal criteria and values, we could just put ourselves in their place. If we could understand their own causes and revolutions, and what made them be what they are now.
here we are on The Advertiser, on an article about the University of Adelaide’s Graduate Program on Food Studies and a link to the article on Uni’s blog.
but it makes a lot of sense to me.
in food studies course i had a discipline called recipes’ reasons: researching culinary history. as part of our assignments, we were required to give presentations on the history/origins of a dish. i talked about feijoada, brazil’s national dish.
i used the slides as a support for the history i was telling. i approached the origins of the dish not through the origins of each ingredient, but how socio-economical and political context in brazil in nineteenth century somehow demanded a creation of a national dish in order to affirm brazil as an independent nation.
i am a believer that our relationship with big cities disconnects us from nature, and from whom we truly are.
July 22nd, 2013
“No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.”
it’s been nearly two years since my last post here.
in the last months i moved away from brazil, and now i live with the love of my life in south australia. i quit my job as an advertiser to be a student again.
i’ve been studying food, and how our relationship with food impacts our politics, economy, society, culture, choices, how food ultimately defines who we are.
this experience has been both difficult and delightful. lots of changes.
i am still the same, but i am starting over.