Picture this: Several people in your neighborhood have adorable little puppies & full grown dogs. You see them walking down the street, wagging their tails and smiling in a way that forces you to smile. You know several of the animals by name, and often stop to pet them and sneak a few slobbery kisses of unconditional love.
And then you find out that the puppies and dogs are being abused. As a result, the animals are physically deteriorating and deforming. And then, to try to hide the signs of abuse, the owners decide to zap their furry little friends with lasers. Turns out, a few laser-zapping sessions should cover up some of those tell-tale signs of abuse.
How would that make you feel?
What if I told you that the owners don’t have malicious intent, but rather they just don’t seem to know how to take care of the puppies in a way that keeps them healthy? Perhaps they were just following orders from someone else. What would you say to that?
Well, how about this scenario: Instead of it happening to the dogs, how about it’s happening to the dog owners? The owners are still the culprits. Except that they are injuring themselves by eating in a way that is destroying their bodies, deforming them, creating inflammation and obesity. They are likely trying to be healthy by even eating the way their government and health experts suggest. Yet they get inflamed and obese. And instead of fixing the problem by changing their diet, they do this:
It reminds me of the old story about the guy driving down the street and his car starts making a funny noise. He keeps driving and the noise keeps getting louder. So he decides to turn the radio up to cover the sound.
Doesn’t it make more sense to address the cause of the problem, rather than the symptom? And why is it that the laser-zapping scenario invokes such a different response when it involves puppies instead of people?