Looking at dogs 🐕 , I can’t help but to think 🤔 of human behavior, after all mammalian mechanisms are deep rooted in evolutionary biology 🧬 . We tend to give ourselves too much credit, but just like Pavlov’s dogs can get conditioned to act a certain way, with specific triggers, same way, we as humans, are constantly being conditioned to be a certain way. This past couple of weeks have been crazy. Notre Dame burns down, billionaires raise $300 million in 6 hours as a publicity stunt, while people are getting attacked, killed, starved, or even within US have communities that are in outmost chaos and poverty (Flint, PR etc). By MIT statisticians and economists, US is actually considered a 3rd world country. We get the explosion in Sri Lanka, nobody does anything about it. New Zealand gets a mass shooting, laws pass in few days, whereas in America people send thoughts and prayers and few weeks of heated debates on Social Media. Let me bring it to Armenian community, when the the previous dictator-like president came here, everyone was taking pictures with him and being proud, he gets overturned and now the same exact people are proudly taking pictures with the wife of the new PM. It is sad to see, but as a biochemist, I accept it, I understand what’s happening from a human behavior point of view. Trump says completely opposing things in a single interview, nobody cares, but his people get conditioned. Laws change, for better or worse, but nothing really happens, except our conditioning on how we perceive the reality at that moment. Individual consciousness is different than group psychology and consciousness.
This is nobody’s fault really, but the fact that we have a system that conditions us in a certain way, that is more individualistic and invidual-centric, focusing on the success and happiness of only self and immediate family is only taking the humanity out of us. It is forcing us to be numb to the pain, the truth, the passion that is within us, but instead molds us to be conditioned to pay attention to what puts food in front of us - just like dogs.
For the dogs, it is the bell 🛎, for us. you decide, just be careful it doesn’t get stuck in your throat - 4 hours ago