First Things | 1/19/2012 | Kendall Vanderslice and Hal Koss
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Would you like your repentance to yield some return on investment this Lent? Perhaps in the form of optimized productivity and enhanced cognitive performance? Now you can join Jesus in the metaphorical wilderness, with a Silicon Valley biohack: intermittent fasting.

According to one tech mogul, intermittent fasting produces “super-fuel for the brain.” As Christians around the world prepare for the liturgical season of Lent, marked most famously by the discipline of fasting (with a focus also on praying and almsgiving), they are presented with an opportunity to take their cues either from the wilderness or from the Valley.

Startup - World - Fasting - Liberation - Bodies

In the startup world, fasting is aimed at the liberation of bodies from their natural limitations, such as mental fogginess, creative blocks, the need for rest, or the possibility of failure. For these engineers and CEO types, the human body is just another industry to disrupt. Whether completely abstaining from food on weekends (the “5:2 plan”), or restricting a day’s calories to an 8-hour window (the “16:8 fast”), or tracking ketone levels in their blood (while sipping raw water and mushroom coffee, probably), these faithful fasters strive to embrace the ethics of warriors or monks. But unlike the fasting of religious asceticism, the fasting preferred by biohacking tycoons is directed at results—results meant to offer an advantage in a highly competitive global market.

One CEO of a “biohacking and nootropics company” participates in a fast with his coworkers. Together the company employees track their spiking ketone levels and employ software that measures their productivity at work during fasts. “I’m focused on longevity and cognitive performance,” the CEO told The Guardian.

Christians - Focus - Posture - Fasts

But Christians are called to adopt a different focus, a different posture, during their Lenten fasts.

In contrast to the modern deities of Silicon Valley, Christians are called to fast to recognize that they are not gods,...
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