“Food for the body is not enough, there must be food for the soul,” (“l’anima”) said Dorothy Day, a famous twentieth- century Catholic social activist, pacifist and journalist who lived in New York. With this quote she gives us some insight (“intuizione”) into this week’s idiom “food for thought.”
Italian food is well-known for being some of the best in the world and we think of good food as being delicious, giving us energy for everything we have to do in our everyday lives. It nourishes us. (“Ci nutre”). Anything that therefore gives us food for thought gives us mental nourishment and mental stimulation. Reading books, talking and listening to people, travelling, watching films, sometimes make us think – they give us food for thought.
- Reading the newspaper always gives me food for thought.
- Listening to my colleagues at The English Tree often gives me food for thought.
- “That idea you had yesterday has given me food for thought.”
- Any suggestions you have always give us food for thought.
What gives you or has given you food for thought?
The English Tree Team