The saying "you can't eat philosophy" implies that getting lost in deep philosophical thought about how to live our lives may not always be practical in meeting our basic needs.
While exploring different philosophies, we may arrive at the idea that creating a need can lead to attachment and suffering. It's important to differentiate between good and bad attachments. Our attachment to food is crucial, as hunger is a signal for necessary nutrients and calories. Denying hunger in the name of spiritual enlightenment can lead to sickness, weakness, and eventually death. The notion that we should wither away and die to achieve higher enlightenment is impractical, when all we need to do is fulfill our basic needs, such as getting some food.
It's important to recognize that while philosophical musings and introspection can be valuable, they won't provide the sustenance and energy necessary to live a fulfilling life. We still need to attend to our practical needs and responsibilities, such as working to earn a living.
At the same time, it's important to be mindful of the attachments we form in our lives. While some attachments can bring us joy and fulfillment, others can lead to suffering. It's important to find a balance and only form attachments to things that truly serve us.
Ultimately, finding that balance between practicality and detachment can help us live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I encourage you to reflect on what attachments bring you true joy and fulfillment, and to be cautious of those that may lead to suffering.