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What is a lotus eater?


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December 14, 2010 7:07PM

The term 'lotus-eater' comes from Homer's Odyssey, where Odysseus meets a group of people called Lotus Eaters, who eat a magical lotus which makes people contented, forgetting about anything else but eating lotus.

In modern day times, lotus eaters are people whom are concerned with the seeking of pleasure, while ignoring the rest of life. They are generally considered lazy and short-sighted. Drug addicts could be considered lotus eaters, as these people become obsessed with the next fix; all else does not matter.