This just in: hot tea is NOT ETHICAL
A recent saunter in Blogosphere found me on Ced's blog to read about Cafe Gratitude in San Francisco, which led me to Sam's brilliant post on es-eff-ist about the same odd little place. A few more clicks and hops through the internets dropped me at a forum advising the whole world to go with the flow or current or some such things, where I found this nugget of, um, wisdom.
Hot tea is NOT ETHICAL. Adding boiling water is a way of COOKING FOOD, and cooking goes against the nature of ABUNDANCE. When you cook something you KILL it, and KILLING reduces the possibility of SHARING. The only way to ethically drink tea is to add water at ENVIRONMENTAL TEMPERATURE (being the temperature at which algae and other water-dwelling organisms such as fish can or could reproduce) and then wait for an ETHICAL AMOUNT OF TIME before drinking. Only then can you be ABUNDANCE.
No, I don't think they are kidding. I was hoping so too, alas, they're certainly not kidding us.
They are right though, I guess. Cooking certainly kills -you know, bacteria and such- and also reduces the possibility of sharing -you know, diseases and things. If this is what they mean by living in ABUNDANCE, I'll take paucity any day.