It’s been some time now since I stopped eating meat.
I stumbled upon a little information on how we eat too much, how an industry is thriving from it and how animals end up becoming disturbing and distorted versions of what they used to be. I believe these things and I talk a lot to other vegetarians about it. Early on, I had to constantly remind myself to avoid meat whenever I bought food. Nowadays, I don’t think about it anymore. It has just become a way of life.
Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg claims that it’s not by coincidence a habit or ritual can become a way of life. The neurons we use often will develop very strong connections. And since your brain is in control of your beliefs you will continue to believe the things you often think. From school, we know that the only way to learn is to repeat, repeat and repeat again. Our experience since leaving school also tells us that things we stop thinking about will fade away. The only way to rid an incorrect fact is to replace it with one that you think about more.
Your brain is responsible for taking all the information you are bombarded with in a day and make sense of it. The brain has to filter it in a way that you can comprehend. But the brain is a believing-machine. It does not like to leave things unexplained; it needs to create a coherent belief system. At its worst, it tries to fill in the gaps for you.
This is also the reason why two people who believe in fundamentally different things can look at the same object, each apply their belief systems and end up with two different interpretations. It happens in the world of science everyday. The same data can actually support two different schools of thought because there are two individuals interpreting it.
So, everything has been made up by your brain. It has manipulated you into thinking you were leading a normal life. That you were a rational human being, believing in facts before fiction. Life as you know it, is not the full story.
And that is probably the only thing you will ever know for sure.