Saturday, February 17, 2018

The "holier than thou" two for one deal

I've recently noticed an interesting trait in human behaviour. It's the tendency to take what I call the 2 for 1 deal about moral behaviour. My dead Mum made the obervation a long time ago about vegetarians.

I've recently seen similar behaviour in myself around body weight, and I have noticed it in non smokers for a long time. This two for one deal comes when a person makes a decision for their own reasons and then a little later on realises that there is also an ethical dimension do that decision that they hadn't noticed.

So I have decided to go off alcohol in the lead up to a sporting event, which has caused me to lose a few kilos. That's very nice for me, however I get this tiny flicker when I see somebody who is out of shape it has me think "how can a person let themselves get that way?". Of course the answers are complex, and who the fuck am I to judge? That's why I call the holier-than-thou two for one deal.

Mum had noticed this when people gave up eating meat - mostly because they just didn't like it, or could take it or leave it. Soon after, however, Mum would hear these people counting the virtues of vegetarianism and veganism because of animal ethics and impact on the planet, amongst other things. The two for one deal.

Strange people, us humans.

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