Modern day views vs ancestors view
I feel compelled to address what I see as modern society’s spiritual disconnection with the process of death. Today’s modern conveniences and a human need to always be comfortable has gotten us so far from our roots that the subject of death is now less understood by the masses than ever before. Death happens now, to our loved ones, behind closed white doors. Similarly, the animals that provide our food, are killed, across state and national lines and it is an impersonal procedure, lacking reverence and respect. This disconnect leads to a lack of understanding of the WHOLE process, and a skewed perception of the entire subject of death.
As little as 150 years ago, if we were 25 years old, we would have likely buried one of our parents, very likely both our grandparents, and it was a good possibility that one of our siblings would have also died. Not only would we have attended their funerals, we would have participated in the washing of their bodies and had dug the hole ourselves. We would also have seen animals die for our food, firsthand, on a weekly basis, or you wouldn’t be here to read this. **Pregnant Pause to Allow That to Sink In**……………….We no longer have firsthand knowledge of these very natural events.
Here is a prime example. All of us have heard the story of the “Chicken running with its head cut off.” That story tells us so much about modern society’s lack of understanding about the death process of a meat source we eat all the time. So, here is what really happens when you cut a chicken’s head off: its nerves still fire for about 60 seconds, the legs kick and his wings flap. This results in a flopping, bouncing and flapping experience…not a “running” one….EVER. Yet, I still hear that story told by honest people who just don’t know. They have never seen it for themselves.