Thanks so much for your comment Lynn. Nice to meet you. I have some additional comments to make here to yours.
I think you are agreeing with me. We are animals but we have thoughts and that makes us different. Tell me if or how I am wrong.
Comment #2: Lynn says:
"I guess I haven't lost it" (instinct for right food)
I agree that this is possible and your experience is notable, but I think rare, especially for you to have identified it correctly as instinct. When I see the grossly overweight, sick and drugged population in such large numbers, I can't help but think their instinct is gone or deeply buried. So many people out of balance reflect our age which I feel must include a loss of instinct, out of control desires, out of control free will and an alienation of nature. This is some kind of chocolate, popcorn, and fast food nirvana for the overworked, stressed and lonely. It was in such an age of decay that Lao Tzu felt compelled to write the great wisdom.
At no other time in history has the need for studying the tao been greater. The need is so great we even see it on national television in primetime with Dr. Dyer there to reach people with it. A Lao Tzu rebirth?