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|The effort we put into the creation of an object or idea changes our perception of its value. In effect, greater effort → greater love. When we opt for convenience and low effort, we miss out on this chance to create things we love. The modern idea of 'relaxation' also mandates minimum effort input, which limits richer, more rewarding activities.|
|Jan||"With the rise of chiefdoms around 7,500 years ago, people had to learn, for the first time in history, how to encounter strangers regularly without attempting to kill them."|
|Near a Thousand Tables — Felipe Fernández-Armesto||"'National' cuisines are never originally national. They begin as regional cooking habits with ingredients limited by the natural environment. They are open to local exchanges of influence and modification by such new products as can be accomodated in a regional tradition [...]. When a cooking style acquires a national label, it undergoes a kind of fossilization: its purity has to be protected from alien influence."|
|"Organisms are islands of negative entropy sustained by the energy flow of nutrition [...] and, in the end, so are buildings and cities."|