- Samuel Fructuoso
- São Paulo
Are we that special?
So this is my belief: Not only our perception of reality is socially constructed by an intermittent interaction between ourselves and the environment, but also reality itself is built up because of our behavior. So, although we do have a “common reality” (I mean, a shared context that we all take for granted) everyone of us has his own reality built upon beliefs that are justified by that individual-environmental context. We just don’t seem to care too much about that. You know, Psychology studies something like that (behaviorism, radical behaviorism, gestalt etc.), Biology studies that (with stuffs like cognitive biology and behavioral genetics), but we, in our daily lives, don’t. But I think we should, and I’ll try to explain why with a simple example: when we think about pets living in harmony with men we almost inevitably end up think about dogs. They were, probably, the first and most successful case of taming. But the domestication of animals wasn’t and isolated event, but rather a complex process in which natural selection and human intervention acted together , and the physics and behavioral changes that best suit were perpetuated. This is how wolves became dogs. And I’d like to ask you guys: can the inherent characteristics of our social group be considered a taming instrument, and, because of that, makes us more likely to consume in a certain way? Or are we that special that, unlikely other animals, aren’t affected by our environment and consequently didn’t affect the environment itself with our consumption behaviors? I’d really like to hear you guys!
Edited after Fritzie points out a bad choice of word.