It’s week 28 and we are disgusted, an evolutionary response to observable potential threats that signify infectious disease. Disgust also warns others about food that has gone bad and shouldn’t be eaten. The facial expression of disgust is therefore universally recognisable.
As children, we only learn to be repulsed by faeces, vomit or bugs around the age of four. As we grow older, disgust can also be triggered when something offends our sense of morality. Which means an idea that is non-sensory specific and perception-based is sufficient to create a physical sense of revulsion. Much of what people consider to be disgusting actually originates in cultural attitudes.
My invitation for this week: notice what creates disgust for you. Are you repelled by something because it could be physically harmful, triggered by disturbing sight, sound, smell or taste? Or are you simply disgusted out of habit? What happens when you give some food you normally wouldn’t eat a go? How does your feeling change when you think differently about people you judge as morally reprehensible and step beyond social conditioning? After all, disgust and desire are two sides of the same coin. Are you up to the challenge?
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