Orwell's suggestion that no one can "do philosophy" on an empty stomach reminds me of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Something I think makes a great deal of sense.
Adam,Many philosophers and artists, like religious aspirants, would sooner starve than compromise their hunger for "je ne sais quoi"... It can be a form of survival.
Self-sacrifice sounds great ... right up to the moment anyone tries it.
Self-sacrifice from the outside...