LJI Salty

Mar. 17th, 2017 02:32 pm
deza: (Secret master librarians)
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There is a very old tale of a king who had three daughters. He asked them one day how much they loved him.
"More than life," said the eldest.
"More than words," said the next.
"More than meat loves salt," said the youngest, the king's favorite child.

The king did not understand this response and was greatly insulted that his favorite daughter did not shower him with adulation as her sisters did. He banished the youngest daughter from the Court.

In the manner of very old tales, here is where paths diverge. Generally, the king eventually realizes his two elder daughters were all pomp and show while his youngest daughter had a love of substance. They are eventually reunited. This is seen in Shakespeare's King Lear with the banishment and return of Cordelia. Even though she knew returning would lead to imprisonment and death, Cordelia chose her fate out of love for her father.

If you've ever had an undersalted meal, you may have an idea of what the youngest daughter meant. Undersalted food tastes bland. Salt is an incredible mineral. The cubic shape of the crystals roughens the surface of the taste buds, so that food tastes more like itself. Neurologically, it stimulates the electrical transfer between neurons, improving cognitive function. Very few substances have the ability to make something become an enhanced version of itself in this way. Personal meditation gurus call it reaching one's highest actualization.

There are a handful of people for whom I've been the salt. There are even fewer who have been the salt for me.
I treasure those who have been there, and who have helped me become a better version of myself.
I intend to be salty for some time to come.

Week 12 of LJI, Salty

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Date: 2017-03-17 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fodschwazzle.livejournal.com
Pretty clever meditation on the concept. I think it takes a whole lot of caring to be quite so salty, to use the pejorative of that word.

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Date: 2017-03-17 10:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adoptedwriter.livejournal.com

The salt of the Earth!

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Date: 2017-03-17 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] libwitch.livejournal.com

`*claps*

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Date: 2017-03-18 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alycewilson.livejournal.com
Interesting musings. The last line made me smile.

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Date: 2017-03-18 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayaso.livejournal.com
I especially enjoyed the explanation on the chemical workings of salt. I didn't know that eating potato chips could make me a better person, but now I have a metaphysical reason to add to gluttony. If salt can make me an enhanced version of myself, I wonder what chocolate can do?

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Date: 2017-03-21 06:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmousey.livejournal.com
^^^Totally made my day! Totally.... (still chuckling) peace~~~

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Date: 2017-03-19 06:44 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] shadowwolf13
May you always have salt in your life. ;)

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Date: 2017-03-20 12:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eternal-ot.livejournal.com
You tied this up nicely :)

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Date: 2017-03-21 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmousey.livejournal.com
Well this certainly took a turn, now, didn't it? I can attest to the fact that neurons won't fire without! And you get one doozy of a headache if you've not enough of it.

I enjoyed this piece! May you have salt for the rest of your days! Hugs and peace~~~

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Date: 2017-03-22 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mamas-minion.livejournal.com
this made me rethink foods relationship with salt. I have a heart condition and have to avoid salty foods.

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Date: 2017-03-22 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
I'm glad someone found a way to work the Shakespearean reference into an entry, because it is so perfect for the topic.

Undersalted food (whatever amounts to undersalted to an individual person) really does taste kind of flat-- like a ghost of the promise of how the food could taste, and yet it does not. Even several bites later, that doesn't change. It isn't quite what you'd hoped.

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Date: 2017-03-23 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penpusher.livejournal.com
Tis a thoughtful and savory dish you serve: a good reminder that salt can come in licks.

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Date: 2017-03-23 11:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murielle.livejournal.com
Brava! Anyone who opens with Shakespeare wins my heart. <3
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