The Hunger Strike
The most insatiable people are certain ascetics, who go on hunger-strike in all spheres of life,
thinking that in this way they will simultaneously acheive the following:
- a voice will say: Enough, you have fasted enough, now you may eat like the others and it will not be
accounted unto you as eating.
- the same voice will at the same time say: You have fasted for so long under compulsion, from now on
you will fast with joy, it will be sweeter than food (at the same time, however, you will also really eat).
- the same voice will at the same time say: You have conquered the world, I release you from it, as from
eating and from fasting (at the same time, however, you will both fast and eat).
In addition to this there also comes a voice that has been speaking to them ceaselessly all the time: Though
you do not fast completely, you have the good will, and that suffices.