Why did Derrida eat the toast?
by Andrea Elizabeth
If he can’t know the toast, and if there is no intention for the toast, why consummate the relationship? If there is to be a respectful, un-possessive distance between the other and oneself, how can one eat? Hypocrit!
Maybe he could rationalize thusly: decomposition is related to deconstruction. Digestion aids the process.
Yes, but you are eating for constructive purposes!
Yes, while I am simultaneously shedding cells and forgetting things. I will eventually be torn apart as well in the grave. Entropy will triumph.
So why slow it down in your own body by eating?
Because it is important for me to live and explain why we can’t know things.
How do you know we can’t know?
Switch. Even the Fathers agree we can’t know essences, only energies.
Then we shouldn’t eat them.
You can’t digest an essence.
No, but in eating its body, you are forcing it to surrender its energy. I think this is why some Saints only ate Communion. Christ willingly gave His Body to be our food.
But what of the bread and wine that are taken from the earth?
The most blessed creation is that which Christ assumes. He is creator and beneficent wearer. If all one ate was Communion, worthily partaken, one would share in Christ’s blessed relationship with things. As God, He knows the essence of things he created. I don’t know if a divinized person can. To know an essence, one has to be that essence. Since all creation shares the same elemental construction, we should be able to know the nature of created essences. Therefore, Derrida knows the toast. I won’t get into knowing God.