9 Ramadhan 1437
If fasting in the holy month of Ramadhan were intended to teach you to look down on the superficiality of all the world has to offer, then I'd have to say it doesn't work for me at all. But that isn't its purpose. Through the fast we learn to control our desires for the goods the world has to offer, but that doesn't make them less good; far from it. Case in point: I appreciate to the utmost Noi's oxtail soup (and I'm talking real oxtail here) any time she cares to cook it up. But the one we enjoyed just now, after the breaking of the fast, touched upon the sublime.
One of the gifts of fasting is to make you more alive to what the world has to offer. Indeed, to make you more alive.