For virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of it.

The self as soup. Good old stock. Boil it up, add some onions, some vegetables maybe some meat from last night’s supper – that stock will make you some high quality meals. But if you keep that stock going, as if it were sourdough bread, extended and extended, new stock and old stock at once, I imagine there might be a moment where it gets a little risky. Maybe it turns into penicillin. Maybe it just gets funky. Maybe it gets to a point where you really should just throw it out. Water the azaleas with it, see what happened to them. But the point, here, I guess is that virtue won’t be the ingredient to transform the stock. You throw virtue into your beef stock, it will remain beef stock, no matter how much virtue you throw into it.

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