Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lambs to the Slaughter . . . .

"For any particular thing, ask 'What is it in itself?
What is its nature?"
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations (c.175)

Norma commented on my post on Monday regarding what our eyes perceive when our brains are thinking of food. She wrote:

 . . .  If I'm in Best Buy buying a DVD and some printer ink, what are the chances I will spontaneously start thinking about a King Size Snickers bar? Probably 0%. What are the chances I'd be waiting in line and decide that when I'm done here, I'll drive across the highway to the 7-11 and get out of my car and go in and buy Snickers and soda? ZERO. BUT...if I'm waiting in line and SEE the snickers and on Hungry Eyes and it's right there and will add only a dollar to my total with no effort involved, that purchase might become VERY LIKELY...to hungry eyes!

This reminds me of a scene from the movie Silence of the Lambs. In the scene, FBI agent Clarice is trying to understand the mind of a serial killer. Another serial killer, Hannibal Lechter gives Clarice a lesson. He says:
"He covets; that is his nature. And how do we begin to covet? Do we seek out things to covet? No, we begin by coveting what we see each day. . . . don't your eyes seek out the things you want?"

Are we lambs being led to the slaughter? If we are constantly thrown into situations where things are in our sight, we may begin to covet the gorgeous red Mercedes you park next to at work each day, the spa pool in my neighbor's back yard, the freaking junk food at the check out line at Best Buys or Michaels or Barnes and Noble . . . .or the food you keep in the house 'in case of company'. In my house there is food my daughter eats that I do not want to look at each time I need ingredients from the pantry. She keeps her stuff an opaque container in the freezer or in a box  I do not open, in another room. 

If 'it' is where I can see it every day there is a greater chance I will begin to covet. I am guessing that coveting leads to bad things because it rounded out the ten commandments. There are two thou shall not covet commandments. Murder only got one commandment. Covet got two. Clearly there is a message in there somewhere. In keeping the pounds off, I notice that I do better when I stay out of certain food locations on an emotional surge or an empty stomach. It keeps me out of the covet mentality. 

Which is good, because I do not want to become a Cereal killer. 



Vickie said...

My biggest problem is if I do it once, that is where my mind goes EVERY TIME I am in that location or it is that time of day or I am the midst of that same activity.

I am sure I have mentioned I have had to switch stores over this problem and I think we all have had to switch routes within stores.

There used to be candy free check out lanes. I am not sure if there are any more.

And candy, etc is cropping up all over the place as we have talked about in other posts. Joanne fabrics is one of the worst offenders I have seen. One has to run a cattle chute of junk to get to a cashier.

Anonymous said...

EVERY time we go up the hill behind the house and there is snow covering the mountain I squeal "Hot fudge sundae!". I find lots of stuff in nature reminds me of some sort of food stuffs. Sigh.

KCLAnderson (Karen) said...

It drives me NUTS that places like Best Buy have junk food (or ANY food in them). I was in Babies R Us a while back and it had a cooler with sodas! ACK! It makes me so angry that I even if I hadn't eaten in a long time, I would buy that crap in that place.

Caron said...

I get tired of bargaining with myself at the checkout stands of various stores. "I want that (insert name of any chocolate bar). No, you do not need it. But I want it. Just check out and go home. Okay, but I'm not happy about this!"

Noxluna13 said...

I know that there are going to be things I see that I should not have, I have to have the willpower to say "no" to such things. However, please tell me, what is the purpose of having Tootsie Rolls on the counter at the gym I work out at? Isn't food like that what got me into the gym in the first place? I was disappointed when I saw that last week, shame on them.

Jane Cartelli said...

Vickie: your comment about Joanne's Fabrics: "One has to run a cattle chute of junk to get to a cashier." is priceless and extremely accurate. They truly are one of the worse because there is no way out w/o viewing the food porn orgy.

Munchberry: Hmmm, that is one I have not thought of before, although I have seen fresh snow and immediately thought of sugar.

KCLA: It interests me that most of the time I never see it. I think me finally taking notice of how pervasive the sales tactic has become means I need to get back to where I didn't want any in the first place, and that means I accept that when it comes to things that I never get enough of, I do not even eat one. If I do not have one, I am not sucked into having ten.

Caron: I am happy when I have survive the attack on my common sense and wallet. Then I go home elated. I only go home angry if I give in.

Noxluna: if I could answer that then I would know why the doctor's office gives out lollipops.