Anthony Bourdain was a traveler, an observer of the human psyche, whose main motto was to travel around the world and bring his foray into every culture he was familiar with. He was a man of the world, as Charles Baudelaire would say. Famous for his books, and programs on culinary and culture, Bourdain had a terrible death, as he hung himself from the ceiling at a hotel in Kaysersberg in France on June 08, 2018.
The Inspiring Life of Anthony Bourdain
Being a man of the world, he was the host of The Layover, a culture, and humanitarian show, where he highlighted how a person could survive with limited cash for 24-48 hours in Singapore, where the show was recorded. He didn’t believe that money solved all problems. In fact, he was a big-time supporter of living like a nomad, courtesy of his own affliction to traveling the world, and enjoying the beauty every country provided. Also known for his extreme liberal behavior while on tour, especially in No Reservations, he was considered a “culinary bad boy” by the Smithsonian Institute, to whom he was nothing short of a genius.
Ann Gibbons mentions: “Bourdain was known for consuming exotic local specialty dishes, having eaten sheep testicles in Morocco, ant eggs in Puebla, Mexico, a raw seal eyeball as part of a traditional Inuit seal hunt, and an entire cobra—beating heart, blood, bile, and meat—in Vietnam”. He was known for his admiration towards people of different cultures, who respected other cultures, and took it upon themselves to ensure that the respect wasn’t just for pretense, and people actually wanted to be a part of another culture and know more about it.
But, what differentiates him from the rest are the following.
He Loved Food
That isn’t saying much until you realize to the extent he loved it. He didn’t just eat food; he analyzed it akin to a scientific experiment, and then realized its components, and experimented with them. To him, food was not just nourishment; it was a way of life.
He was very critical of the other chefs who tried to varnish their dinner with fancy arrangements. But not solidifying the base, which somehow insulted the food, and the society itself.
To a person who wanted to know more about people, experience the life they had to lead, or go deep into their soul to understand their conscience, food was the way to go.
“Hello Darkness, My Old Friend. I Have Come To See You Again.”
He had his problems with drugs, and substance abuse when he was a kid, which spiraled his life out of control. This had resulted in him being in several problematic situations, and in rehabs, that he has freely talked about in his books, TV series, and documentaries.
On his various travels to the various countries throughout the world, he also experienced the varied strifes, poverty, and hunger that were prevalent in the third world countries. It was a matter of shame for him, that he belonged to a world that was incredibly more advanced than the world he was currently in.
The movement that rocked the world throughout, it was considered a major win for women throughout the world, as the solidarity they showed in women being harassed by influential men were showcased, and the accused punished. Anthony Bourdain was an incredibly vocal supporter of the cause. Like a true human being, he didn’t consider one gender better than the others and spoke out against the accused vindictively. His own co-worker was convicted of this, and he quickly severed ties with him, and never, for once did support or justify his actions. His own girlfriend was a victim of Weinstein, and he made sure to stand by her throughout her ordeal.
“I am Not Afraid”
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”
He asked us to not be afraid. Afraid of people we don’t know, for alien beings make people confused, and this is when hate begins. Fear begets confusion, which begets hate. Accepting variety is the way to live.