What I find fascinating about nourishment is that as soon as we engage with nourishment, we enter the realm of ethics. Our manner of consuming and behaving in the world has consequences for others, necessitating consideration of all the entities that have shaped our present milieu and those with which we share our nourishment. Ethics intertwines with our relationship to nourishment.
The notion of nourishment also transcends the dichotomy between the natural and the cultural, the individual and the collective, and the personal and the social. It revives our understanding of inhabiting the Earth and restores aesthetics to the center of our ethics by bringing aisthesis back into our lives.
Our participation in the biosphere is rooted in nourishment, in our metabolism, which necessitates consuming other living beings - through eating - and assimilating elements from the atmosphere - through breathing - into ourselves. Nourishment makes it evident that we are not fundamentally separate from other living beings, as we rely on them for sustenance, resulting in the transformation of their bodies into our own.