Thought nourishes us to the extent that it helps us notice and make sense of the concrete specifics of our lives.
To the degree that our thinking is about other people’s thoughts, and their thoughts are also about other people’s thoughts, the nourishment of thought gets abstracted, processed out.
Most of the information most of us consume — entertainment, news, editorial, chatter — provides only empty calories, heat without substance.
When we speak as identities we stop being concrete or particular and we lose our ability to nourish others.
When the personal is political we all starve.