Whether one is discussing food, man’s natural and social environment, or ideas and feelings, the question of assimilation is always one of establishing a harmoniously ordered totality of structural relationships. Ever since the earliest days, man seems to have been in some ways aware of the need to do this. In primitive times, science, art, and religion, interwoven to form an inseparable whole, seem to have been the major means by which this assimilation process worked.