Yesterday I shared a caption about how our conditioned responses to things can steer us towards a more judgemental way of interacting with the world and I had some great discussions in the comments. One conversation in particular highlighted the importance of illustrating how our evolutionary conditioning causes us to judge the world around us, and how we can work to see the world without those tints of judgement.
Conditioning happens though society, and evolution.
Societal conditioning happens because whatever society we're born into effects the way our brain develops.
If we're born into a society where sex is taboo, we'd be more likely to feel shame about our sexual desires, and more likely to hide them.
Evolutionary conditioning happens because life's ultimate goal is to live and pass on genes.
An evolutionary instinct to be repulsed by the smell of poop is a good one because it forces us to keep our distance from something that could make us sick, but it also tricks us.
We don’t have to be repulsed by poop to know that it’s potentially dangerous.
Evolution has deluded us into instinctively thinking poop is gross, but it isn’t.
It’s just potentially unsafe.
Rats, not gross. Just potentially unsafe.
Roaches, not gross. Just potentially unsafe.
The reason this distinction is important is because it allows us to see things more clearly.
Imagine seeing the world without instinctively casting judgement on it.
We can address a health threat without being repulsed by it.
Imagine seeing a spider without being violently afraid of it, or seeing a roach with kind intention instead of disgust.
Imagine interacting with the world in a way that doesn’t leave us at the mercy of the violent ocean of evolutionary conditioning.
Questions and discussions are always welcome! Duh.