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succes Succes op recept

Sommigen twijfelen aan de mogelijkheid van een recept voor succes.
De oude alchemisten zochten naar de bereiding van een levenselixer, dat de mens onsterfelijk zou maken. Zij hanteerden het principe van de transformatie van slecht in goed, zoals, lood in goud, ziekte in gezondheid, ouderdom in jeugd, dood in eeuwig leven. Dit principe lijkt erg op de volkswijsheid, dat je van je zwakte je kracht moet maken, ook op te vatten als een recept voor succes. Het blijft echter de vraag hoe.
Vergelijk twee curieuze recepten ( helaas in het engels), eentje uit de keuken van de alchemie en eentje uit de keuken van Edward Lear.

Chinese text Ton Ching Yao Chuch for imitation pearls ( to create a facsimile of the desired substance)
Take lustruous oyster shells, remove and discard the outer layer and boil the rest in vinegar, until cooked up. Remove from the flame and pull the product into thin filaments. Roll these into pearls of any desired size. Take a carp, lay its stomach open, place the pearls within and close the carp again. Steam it untill it is extremely well done and than remove the pearls. Before steaming the pearls use a pig’ s bristle to pierce holes for stringing. Then take moscovite and heat it in the milk of a white goat. After the milk has been raised to the boiling point several times, remove the mica Warm the milk again immerse the pearls in it and let them steep overnight. Wash them clean and they are done.

To make Gosky Patties E. Lear
Take a Pig, three or four years of age and tie him by the off hind leg to a post. Place 5 pounds of currents, 3 of sugar, 2 pecks of peas, 18 roast chestnuts , a candle and 6 bushels of turnips, within his reach; if he eats these, constantly provide him with more. Then produce some cream, some slices of Cheshire cheese, four quires of foolscap paper and a packet of black pins. Work the whole into paste and spread it out to dry on a sheet of clean brown waterproof linen. When the paste is perfectly dry, but not before, proceed to beat the Pig violently, with the handle of a large broom. If he squeals beat him again. Visit the paste and beat the Pig alternately for some days and ascertain if at the end of that period the whole is about to turn into Gosky Patties. If it does not then, it never will; and in that case the Pig may be let loose and the whole process may be considered as finished


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