Why can we be repulsed to the point of vomiting by the smell of someone else's fæces, while we can do the dirtiest fart and enjoy it? Have you ever heard of anyone enjoying someone else's fart? Neither have I.
It seems we all understand that one person's fæces smells just as bad - in general - as anothers, and yet for some reason this mechanism kicks in - this non-aversion - when we know the smell originates from our own bodies. I have heard the reason for this is so that we can monitor our internal chemical system adequately - it seems we are genetically predisposed to not be aversed to the smell of our own internal chemistry. That would make a lot of sense.
There appears to be a profundity hidden in all this - that we have a capacity to inhale the fumes of our toxin-ridden stools and not be perturbed by them - nay, we apparently even enjoy it to an extent. Does this mean that suffering is all in the mind? That we have the capacity to bypass any kind of negative experience - whether i...
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