Hunger as Attunement

I can’t really think of anything to write about at the moment so I think I’ll just ramble.

Today I was reading the sections of Heidegger’s “Being and Time” that deal with attunement.

Currently I’m starving.

My family and I are having pizza for dinner and guess who’s last in line?

That’s a rhetorical question by the way! I write as my belly grumbles.


Hunger is a mode of attunement I think.

When I am neither hungry or satiated I don’t notice the smells of food.

Or to put it in Heideggerian terms:

When I am not in the mode of attunement called hunger the world does not disclose itself as containing tasty smells.

The tasty smells that the mode of attunement called hunger disclose place me into a new mode of attunement called anticipation.

I have also noticed that when I am in the mode of attunement called over-stuffed the world discloses the smells of food as something almost sickening.

So I go from the mode of attunement called over-stuffed (maybe I stay in that mode but it recedes into the background; becomes inconspicuous) to the mode of attunement called sickened.

[I have made up the names for the modes of attunement here because 1) I don’t know of – or even if there are – the conventional terms for the various modes of attunement; and 2) This is my blog and I can do what I want.]

Ha! Would you look at that! Turns out I had something to write about after all!