I have been reading Thich Nhat Hanh's book Anger and I am curious as to what the sangha has to say on mindful consumption.

He talks about how everything we consume, both with our mouths and senses, can bring anger into us. For example, if one were to eat a chicken that was raised under terrible condition one would be consuming anger. Or, if one were to watch a television show the glorifies violence one would be consuming anger.

Personally, I have trouble with the concept of energies transferring from one thing to another, i.e. eating an angry chicken, but I definitely agree with him about things we see or here channeling certain 'energies' into us.

What do you think? Should mindful consumption go as far as avoiding angry chickens? Does seeing or hearing about glorified violence, hate, etc. cause arousal of such things within us?


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