Yesterday, I overheard a culinary student discussing an assignment for his history class. He revealed he was going to write about weapons. He then launched into a lengthy explanation about early man’s earliest killing efforts. Apparently ancient carnivores swung a ball on a rope and bopped a beast. Then they ate it.
Most of life can be explained by conjugating the verb ‘Eat’: I eat. You eat. We eat. Or, Heaven forbid, we are eaten.
The student continued his monologue with a lengthy discussion on bows and arrows, and bayonets and other ingenious weapons used for inflicting bodily harm. He was clearly enraptured with his recitation of man “kind’s” gory history of violence.
I intruded into the conversation to suggest that he could use his interest in death and destruction to teach a course at West Point Military Academy.
As you see, every conversation, no matter how random, contains elements that can evolve into a brilliant career.
As a food person, this culinary guy could interweave the origins of steak tartar, the history of the spice trade as it related to the Crusades and, of course, Hannibal, his elephants and the diet of ancient Carthaginians.
He could also apprentice as a butcher.