Humans through conditioning are creatures of habit. This is not unlike other animals. Among all animals there is an innate drive that predisposes toward behavior that provides a refuge of comfort and order. Regardless how an outsider may perceive a particular refuge, it is strong for the beholder. That is why change is so difficult to implement.
Before I go on, my background should be briefly stated. I have lived an average life, like many. I am 63 years old, and 3 years ago I became paralyzed. Why am I bringing that up?
Because I know that change is possible, though I will be the first to attest it can be very difficult. It comes down to doing what you have to do. If one’s perception of a reality is such, a person will do what he has to do. It comes down to playing the hand that you are dealt.
Having never been married, it is truly a distant memory sitting around the dinner table to eat supper. Like a kid in most families after a hard day of school or playing I would ask what was for dinner. My mom would reply, “We are having roast beef,” which seemed to necessitate the mentioning of a sacrifice of some animal as the focal point of the nightly ritual. I would then reply, “Oh great. Make it is rare and juicy.” I really used to love roast beef when it was juicy and there was blood on the plate. It was like dinner was a ritual in which our family partook in the eating of meat and blood of an animal that was sacrificed on our behalf.
I don’t think my experience was different than other people of my generation. My family and I gladly ate meat. I surely didn’t think that this animal was sacrificed, so we could satisfy our hedonistic desire to eat animals. Meat just tasted good and that was all that mattered.
The family structure is changing now along with society. There is no need to address this except that the mealtime ritual, though weaker, is still something that is revered in many families.
The nightly query of what’s for dinner can heard on the East Coast and West Coast and all points in between.