We are in the midst of a pandemic and I’m waiting in my Dentist’s office after having my temperature checked. The patient before me, a young man, comes out from the treatment room, wipes his nose with a tissue, and throws it in the bin next to me.
A behavior that would have barely registered a couple of months ago now triggered my feelings of disgust.
Disgust is an emotional response of rejection or revulsion to something potentially contagious. Unlike our animalistic fight or flight response, disgust is a more evolved response that we develop to protect us from harmful foods. Disgust is primarily triggered by taste, but smell, sight, and touch also come into play.
My initial response to the young man in the Dentist’s office was not so much logical as ‘psycho-logical’. My consciousness, and yours, has been primed by news of the dangers of contracting Covid-19 from other human beings. We are primed to see danger and be disgusted more...