Humanistic Science and Technology for a Hunger-Free World
“Sweet Peace, where dost thou dwell?
I humbly crave.
Let me once know.
I sought thee in a secret cave.
And ask’d if Peace was there.
A hollow wind did seem to answer. No:
Go seek elsewhere.
At length I met a rev’rend good old man:
Whom when for Peace
I did demand, he thus began:
“Take of this grain, which in my garden grows.
And grows, for you;
Make bread of it: and that repose
And peace, which ev’rywhere
With so much earnestness you do pursue,
Is only there.”
The same idea can be found in the following words of the Roman philosopher Seneca, who was convinced at the beginning of the first millennium that where hunger rules, peace cannot prevail, “A hungry person listens neither to religion nor reason, nor is bent by prayers.” In spite of the recognition that food and drinking water constitute the first among the hierarchical...