Creatures of Habit

I find it mind-boggling, the irony of people, who after watching “Charlottes Web” and continuing to eat pigs still feel morally superior to people in China who eat dogs. According to an article on PETA titled “If Your Dog Tasted Like Pork, Would You Eat Her?” states that “Pigs outperformed 3 year-old-human children on cognition tests and are smarter than any domestic animal…” (source)

While many conspiracy theorists out there might bet their life on the fact that human children are being used as meat by corporations like McDonalds, many of us wouldn’t even think of eating there if there was verifiable proof of this. Or would we? So where do we draw the line? Obviously, sentience plays only a small part in the decision making process of what’s good to eat and what’s not. And I’m not writing this to raise awareness to hopefully get people to stop eating pigs. It’s already been done many times over and pork chops, rib sandwiches, and pulled pork are still the hottest items on the menu. I’m writing this because I’m trying to understand why habit supersedes our ability to adapt, to integrate, and to apply new information into our lives especially if this information might increase our wellness, our health, sentient lives, the world as a whole and save us tons of money in the process because meat is expensive. Is it as simple as the fact that we are as a species creatures of habit, or is there something more to it? What is habit?

The word habit, according to Webster “Refers to a usual way of behaving or a tendency that someone has settled into…” If we look even further into the origins of the word we find that it means “To dwell, reside, inhabit.” And if referring to this knowledge of Wilbur, pigs, sentient beings, if one is a creature of habit does this mean that one is residing, dwelling in a place of creatures who are stuck in a trance incapable of seeing what’s in front of them, of having compassion beyond the realm of their habits? Habits of eating, habits of thinking, habits of seeing, habits of being, etc. If so, maybe this explains why a child who has been raped in a foster home week after week might confide to a member of the clergy in a church only to get slapped and dismissed as a trouble-maker. “We never speak like this about anybody you understand me!? Maybe this is why we still have a society of children who run away and have nowhere to go but into the arms of pedophiles and murderers at truck stops. Maybe this is why we still see women on the streets selling their bodies holding a baby in their arms. Why despite all the advancements in technology, etc etc etc do we still have children who die of hunger and thirst every day; men, women and children who die freezing to death in the cold? Is it all because we’re creatures of habit, dwellers within a realm of the blind who can’t see beyond their own eye-lids? I’ll finish with a portion of a poem from Rumi titled “Moving Water”:

Now see the invisible. If you could leave your selfishness, you would see how you’ve been torturing your soul. We are born and live inside black water in a well. How could we know what an open field of sunlight is? Don’t insist on going where you think you want to go. Ask the way to the spring. Your living pieces will form a harmony.

Post Author: Chad

A student of life and death.