Some people like to stare at the sun. It’s mystical, you see.

They are disciples of Hira Ratan Manek, a retired spice trader from India who says staring at the sun improves mental and physical health.

Right. It gets funnier.

Mr. Manek advises us to stare at the sun for up to 45minutes a day at sunrise and sunset. He says we should increase our time by 10 seconds a day.

Of course, he’s one of the alternative medicine quacks who discovered the great healing power of magical thinking.

Manek brushes off skeptics within the medical establishment, saying they have a vested interest in denying the healing aspects of his methods. The sun, he points out, is free. And the government can’t tax it.

Manek ticks off a few sun-gazing no-no’s. Never stare at a sun that’s more than an hour removed from rising or setting. And don’t stand on the lawn, he advises. “Grass will drain your energy.”

Grass will… what?

So what exactly does the sun do? It gives us energy! Grass takes it away, so beware the grass.

Diane Holoway, of East Atlanta, leaves the event with Manek’s instructional DVD and a determination to begin sun-gazing.

“We get our energy from plants,” she says. “And plants get their energy from the sun. Why not cut out the middle man?”

Because humans are not made of chlorophyll and we cannot photosynthesize.

Which reminds me, here’s the entry on human nature from the butterflies and wheel’s fashionable dicitonary

Human nature
Fantasy. Fictitious entity, like Santa Claus or the tooth fairy or the free lunch. Humans have no nature, only culture; we can learn to fly, or live in the ocean, or echolocate, or pick things up with our trunks, if we will only concentrate.