Many psychologists think that our physical food that
we take determines our mental food so that what we are
is largely determined by what we eat. However, I have
found that the physical food that we take does not
determine our mental food and we are not what we eat.
On the other hand our mental food usually reflects our
mental attitude. This seems to be true because I have
seen that all non-vegetarians are not necessarily
carnivorous person in so far as mental attitude is
concerned. Here, by carnivorous person, I mean a
person who wants to eat other people by his aggressive
behaviour while by a herbivorous person I mean one,
who though non-vegetarian, remains non-aggressive in
his approach to others. I have seen many vegetarian
persons to be carnivorous in their approach. They are
just like herbivorous bulls who get furious and finish
off their rivals.
Then there are omnivorous persons. All our
politicians belong to this category. They are greedy
and gluttonous. They can be carnivorous i.e. they can
be aggressive in their approach or herbivorous i.e.
polite in their attitude depending on the situation so
that they can incite people to communal riots and at
the same time, preach for peace.
However, one thing that I have observed is that the
type of mental food that we take which depends on the
teachings of the leaders and teachers whom we follow,
determines our mental attitude so that if we follow
the teachings of carnivorous people, we are likely to
be carnivorous i.e. have an aggressive approach. If
we follow the teachings of herbivorous people, we are
likely to be herbivorous i.e. have a non-aggressive
approach to life. If we follow the teachings of
omnivorous people then we are likely to be political
in our attitude and change our stance according to the
circumstances of the times.