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The hungrier the better for exploitation and for developing intelligence

Posted on: October 8, 2008

The hungrier the better for exploitation and for developing intelligence (October 7, 2008)


Colonial powers seeked territories of hungry population who are used to work hard for survival.  Hard working people add values to whatever the colonizers exploit.  Amelie Nothomb explains why the island of Vanuatu or New Hibrides was left in peace and was shared by France and England conjointly without animosity.  Even today, Vanuaty is spared the rush for tourism industry.  Vanuatu has abundance in natural edible vegetation and varieties of fishes. Thus, the natives never had any need to cultivate lands or work for survival; they are never hungry for food: all they have to do is extend an arm and pick out bananas, coconuts or gather fish and oysters while swimming for relaxation. Consequently, the colonial powers could not make use of the natives who are not hungry for food or work or anything for that matter and have no inkling to seek anything.

On the other hand, the Chinese discovered almost everything, thought of everything, comprehended everything and dared everything.  The culinary art in China has reached an unequal level in refinement simply because the Chinese learned to eat anything that could be edible.  The reason for the successes of the Chinese is that they had been always famished for food and millions died of hunger in their uninterrupted past history.  The first question a Chinese asks his neighbor is “Have you eaten?”


Note: The Lebanese share the same characteristics with the Chinese: they grew food out of rocks in their tiny land! They are constantly hungry and always “want” something. There are tenfold more Lebanese immigrants throughout the world than in Lebanon proper. The culinary art in Lebanon used to be the healthiest, the sanest and the tastiest.  They also discovered almost everything and every land in past history.

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